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.
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