The synthesis of enantiomerically enriched (-)-(R)-N, N′-diisopropyl- 2-phenylpropanamide was achieved in up to 69% enantiomeric excess by symmetrisation of the corresponding racemic amide by addition of sec-BuLi (to give the corresponding achiral lithium enolate) and subsequent desymmetrisation by the addition of a chiral C-based proton source. We discuss potential factors that may be responsible for this observed enantioselectivity and comment on the role of the chiral acid. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Coumbarides, G. S., Eames, J., Ghilagaber, S., & Suggate, M. J. (2004). Investigations into the enantioselective C-protonation of prostereogenic enolate(s) derived from N,N′-diisopropyl-2-phenylpropanamide using suicide C-based proton sources. Tetrahedron Letters, 45(51), 9469–9474. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tetlet.2004.10.090