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Organocatalytic Asymmetric Cyanosilylation of Nitroalkenes

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New catalyst, new reaction: The unprecedented cyanosilylation of nitroalkenes can be efficiently catalyzed by a bifunctional quinine derivative with tetraalkylammonium cyanide and thiourea moieties. The activation of the nitroalkene by hydrogen bonding to the thiourea, together with the presence of an “active” cyanide, provides a new mode of activation that leads to products in high yields and good selectivities (see scheme).

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