A New Type of Chiral Sulfinamide Monophosphine Ligands: Stereodivergent Synthesis and Application in Enantioselective Gold(I)-Catalyzed Cycloaddition Reactions


  • We thank the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21372084), the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (2011CB808600), the Program of Eastern Scholar at Shanghai Institutions of Higher Learning, and the Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University (PCSIRT) for financial support. We wish to thank Prof. Shengming Ma for beneficial discussions.


A simple, new type of chiral sulfinamide monophosphines, the so-called Ming-Phos ligands, is reported; these ligands could be easily prepared from inexpensive and commercially available starting materials. The Ming-Phos ligands performed well in the enantioselective gold-catalyzed cycloaddition reaction of 2-(1-alkynyl)-alk-2-en-1-ones with nitrones. Both enantiomers of the products could be obtained in good yields and with excellent diastereo- and enantioselectivity through transformations that were catalyzed by gold complexes derived from two diastereomers of Ming-Phos ligand M5 (Ar=1-naphthyl).