Efficient Access to Trifluoromethyl Diarylpyrrolines and their N-Oxides through Enantioselective Conjugate Addition of Nitromethane to β,β-Disubstituted Enones

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  • Dr. Hiroyuki Kawai,

    1. Department of Frontier Materials, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Gokiso, Showa-ku, Nagoya 466-8555 (Japan)
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  • Zhe Yuan,

    1. Department of Frontier Materials, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Gokiso, Showa-ku, Nagoya 466-8555 (Japan)
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  • Takashi Kitayama,

    1. Department of Frontier Materials, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Gokiso, Showa-ku, Nagoya 466-8555 (Japan)
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  • Etsuko Tokunaga,

    1. Department of Frontier Materials, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Gokiso, Showa-ku, Nagoya 466-8555 (Japan)
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  • Prof. Norio Shibata

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    1. Department of Frontier Materials, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Gokiso, Showa-ku, Nagoya 466-8555 (Japan)
    • Department of Frontier Materials, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Gokiso, Showa-ku, Nagoya 466-8555 (Japan)

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  • This study was financially supported in part by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (24105513), and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (ACT-C). We also thank the Asahi Glass Foundation for partial support.

Abstract

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The cupreidinium salt 1 catalyzes the highly enantioselective conjugate addition of nitromethane to β-aryl-β-trifluoromethyl aryl enones (2). The biologically important chiral pyrrolines 4 and N-oxide 5, having a trifluoromethylated all-carbon quaternary chiral center, were easily synthesized from the key intermediate (R)-3 in high to excellent yields. M.S.=molecular sieves.

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