A highly enantioselective Meerwein-Schmidt-Ponndorf-Verley (MSPV) reduction of N-phosphinoyl ketimines by (BINOL)AlIII/2-propanol is reported. Yields ranging between 79 and 85% with high enantiomeric excesses (93-98%) are observed for a wide range of structurally diverse ketimines. A [2.0.4] bicyclic chelation model is proposed to account for this high selectivity.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry