Aminophenols /Asymmetric synthesis
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
-Enantiopure o-hydroxybenzylamines 2a-i were synthesized by diastereoselective reduction of the 2-imidoylphenols (R)-1a-i. Conformational analysis enabled the assignment of the absolute configurations of compounds 2a-i. The accessible o-hydroxybenzylamine (R,R)-2h serves as an effective catalyst precursor for highly enantioselective addition of diethylzinc to aliphatic and aromatic aldehydes. This pathway represents a practical and operationally very simple methodology for the enantioselective synthesis of both the enantiomers of secondary alcohols 7a-f.
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