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Synthesis of α-Quaternary Formimides and Aldehydes through Umpolung Asymmetric Copper Catalysis with Isocyanides

Kentaro Hojoh, Hirohisa Ohmiya* and Masaya Sawamura*

*Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-0810, Japan, Email:,

K. Hojoh, H. Ohmiya, M. Sawamura, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 2184-2187.

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b12881

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A highly regio- and enantioselective copper-catalyzed three-component coupling of isocyanides, hydrosilanes, and γ,γ-disubstituted allylic phosphates/chlorides provides chiral α-quaternary formimides in the presence of a chiral naphthol-carbene ligand and LiOtBu as base. The formimides can readily be converted to α-quaternary aldehydes.

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Key Words

imines, allylic aldehydes, silanes

ID: J48-Y2017