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Mark R. Prestly and Prof. Nigel S. Simpkins Chiral Bases as Useful Probes of Lithium Amide Reactivity Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51

Article first published online: 24 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201206558

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Experiments involving competition between chiral and achiral lithium amides provide a qualitative impression of the kinetics of different amide motifs in enolization reactions. The level of enantioselectivity was not diminished by the inclusion of lithium diisopropylamide (LDA; see scheme) into asymmetric enolizations mediated by a chiral lithium amide base, derived from a 1,2-diamine.

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