First catalytic enantioselective synthesis of the cocaine abuse therapeutic agent (S)-(+)-1-(4-{2-[bis(4-fluorophenyl)methoxy]ethyl}piperazin-1-yl)-2-phenyl-2-propanol

  • Forrat V
  • Ramón D
  • Yus M
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Abstract

(S)-(+)-1-(4-{2-[Bis(4-fluorophenyl)methoxy]ethyl}piperazin-1-yl)-2-phenyl-2-propanol, which is a promising candidate as a cocaine abuse therapeutic agent, is prepared in several steps. The key asymmetric step is the catalytic enantioselective addition of dimethylzinc to either 2-chloro or 2-bromoacetophenone catalyzed by the use of different chiral isoborneolsulfonamide ligands in the presence of titanium tetraisopropoxide. The synthesis of a new isoborneolsulfonamide ligand bearing a trifluromethyl substituent and its use in this addition is also presented. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Authors

  • Vicente J. Forrat

  • Diego J. Ramón

  • Miguel Yus

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