Electrostatically enhanced phosphoric acids and their applications in asymmetric friedel-crafts alkylations

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A series of electrostatically enhanced phosphoric acid catalysts were synthesized and studied. These compounds possess two positively charged N-octylpyridinium or triarylphosphonium ion centers at the 3,3′-positions of the (R)-BINOL backbone to enhance reactivity and provide needed steric bulk for enantioselective transformations. Catalytic activities for Friedel-Crafts alkylations of indoles with trans-β-nitrostyrenes were studied. Both types of catalysts accelerate reaction conversions relative to noncharged analogues, and good enantioselectivities up to 90% ee are observed with the phosphonium-ion-tagged phosphoric acids. This transformation also can be scaled up to synthetically useful amounts, affording >250 mg of product without losing any reactivity or selectivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11125-11134
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 6 2019

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Funding Information:
Generous support from the National Science Foundation (CHE-1665392) and the Petroleum Research Fund (55631-ND4) as administered by the American Chemical Society is gratefully acknowledged.

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© 2019 American Chemical Society.


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