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Keywords:

  • Alkylation;
  • Nucleophilic substitution;
  • Alcohols;
  • Organocatalysis

Abstract

Herein we disclose the simple, effective, and practical alkylation of nitroalkanes that takes place with benzylic, benzhydrylic, and propargylic alcohols in trifluoroethanol. A variety of different nitroalkanes bearing functional groups can be used in this SN1-type reaction to afford the desired products in quantitative yields. Different chiral nitro derivatives were submitted to this highly diastereoselective alkylation reaction with selected benzhydrols. A new, effective, and chiral pyrrolidine organocatalyst was prepared by using this methodology.