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Extending the Aminocatalytic HOMO-Raising Activation Strategy: Where Is the Limit?


  • Financial support from the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) Foundation and the European Research Council (ERC Starting grant agreement no. 278541—ORGA-NAUT) is gratefully acknowledged.


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Increasingly remote stereocenters are being targeted in asymmetric aminocatalysis. Application of the HOMO-raising activation concept to δ,δ-disubstituted 2,4-dienones confirms the powerful potential of the trienamine strategy. A cinchona-based primary amine catalyst enables the extension of this activation mode to a highly selective asymmetric Diels–Alder reaction of enones with electron-deficient dienophiles (see scheme; TFA: trifluoroacetic acid).