We describe a simple 1H NMR analysis that permits the stereochemistry of β-hydroxy ketones to be assigned by visual inspection of the ABX patterns for the α-methylene unit of the β-hydroxy ketone in the 1H NMR spectra. This method has been verified by application to a wide range of β-hydroxy ketones deriving from aldol reactions of chiral aldehydes with a variety of chiral and achiral methyl ketone enolates (see Tables 1 and 2). The stereochemistry of 54 of these compounds have been assigned by rigorous chemical methods.
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- Organic Chemistry