Salts of Mosher's thioacid: agents for determining the enantiomer excess of SN2 substrates

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Abstract

The racemic and the (S)-enantiomer of Mosher's thioacid, 2-methoxy-2-trifluoromethylphenylacetic thioacid, form air-stable salts with Proton Sponge [1,8-bis(dimethylamino)naphthalene]. These salts are powerful nucleophiles that react cleanly (SN2 inversion) in CDCl3 with optically active alkyl halides ranging in reactivities from unactivated alkyl bromides and iodides to benzylic bromides. The diastereomeric excess (de) of the thioester products indicates the enantiomeric excess (ee) of the starting alkyl halides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2793-2796
Number of pages4
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Volume51
Issue number21
DOIs
StatePublished - May 26 2010

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