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Li-Hui Sun, Zhi-Qin Liang, Wen-Qiang Jia and Prof. Dr. Song Ye Enantioselective N-Heterocyclic Carbene Catalyzed Aza-Benzoin Reaction of Enals with Activated Ketimines Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52

Version of Record online: 22 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201301304

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α-Amino ketones, which are versatile building blocks for organic synthesis, were obtained with the title reaction. A free hydroxy group on the NHC catalyst was found to be crucial for the reaction, and the possible competing reaction through a homoenolate or enolate was not observed with this catalyst (see scheme).

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