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Keywords:

  • amino alcohols;
  • asymmetric catalysis;
  • enantioselectivity;
  • guanidine;
  • organocatalysis
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β-functional! Direct enantioselective amination of α-ketoesters with azodicarboxylates was demonstrated using an axially chiral guanidine base catalyst, which enabled efficient access to enantioenriched multifunctionalized ketoesters with an aliphatic substituent at the β-position. Subsequent nucleophilic addition to the β-hydrazinyl-α-ketoester at the reactive ketone yields the corresponding β-hydrazinyl-α-hydroxy esters in high syn diastereo- and enantioselectivities (see scheme).