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Enantioselective Synthesis of Optically Active 3,3-Diarylpropanoates by Conjugate Hydrosilylation with Chiral Rh-bis(oxazolinyl)phenyl Catalysts

Kengou Itoh, Ayae Tsuruta, Jun-ichi Ito, Yoshihiko Yamamoto and Hisao Nishiyama*

*Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Chikusa, Nagoya 464-8603 Japan, Email:

K. Itoh, A. Tsuruta, J.-i. Ito, Y. Yamamoto, H. Nishiyama, J. Org. Chem., 2012, 77, 10914-10919.

DOI: 10.1021/jo302357b (free Supporting Information)


Chiral rhodium-bis(oxazolinyl)phenyl complexes catalyze the conjugate hydrosilylation of 3,3-diarylacrylate derivatives to prepare optically active 3,3-diarylpropanoate derivatives in high yields and high enantioselectivities.

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Key Words

Reduction of α,β-unsaturated compounds, diethoxymethylsilane

ID: J42-Y2012-3770