A Chiral Phenoxyamine Magnesium Catalyst for the Enantioselective Hydroamination/Cyclization of Aminoalkenes and Intermolecular Hydroamination of Vinyl Arenes


  • Financial support by the ACS Petroleum Research Fund (PRF no.49109-ND1) is gratefully acknowledged.


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If Grignard had only known! A chiral magnesium complex catalyzes the intramolecular hydroamination/cyclization of aminoalkenes with high efficiency at temperatures as low as −20 °C and enantioselectivities as high as 93 % ee. The high activity of this system also allows the catalytic intermolecular anti-Markovnikov addition of pyrrolidine and benzylamine to vinyl arenes.