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Theoretical Calculations on the Mechanism of Enantioselective Copper(I)-Catalyzed Addition of Enynes to Ketones

Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry and Technology, Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, Sichuan, China
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Catalysts 2018, 8(9), 359;
Received: 3 July 2018 / Revised: 16 August 2018 / Accepted: 24 August 2018 / Published: 28 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Asymmetric Catalysis in Organic Synthesis)
Computational investigations on the bisphospholanoethane (BPE)-ligated Cu-catalyzed enantioselective addition of enynes to ketones were performed with the density functional theory (DFT) method. Two BPE-mesitylcopper (CuMes) catalysts, BPE-CuMes and (S,S)-Ph-BPE–CuMes, were employed to probe the reaction mechanism with the emphasis on stereoselectivity. The calculations on the BPE-CuMes system indicate that the active metallized enyne intermediate acts as the catalyst for the catalytic cycle. The catalytic cycle involves two steps: (1) ketone addition to the alkene moiety of the metallized enyne; and (2) metallization of the enyne followed by the release of product with the recovery of the active metallized enyne intermediate. The first step accounts for the distribution of the products, and therefore is the stereo-controlling step in chiral systems. In the chiral (S,S)-Ph-BPE–CuMes system, the steric hindrance is vital for the distribution of products and responsible for the stereoselectivity of this reaction. The steric hindrance between the phenyl ring of the two substrates and groups at the chiral centers in the ligand skeleton is identified as the original of the stereoselectivity for the titled reaction. View Full-Text
Keywords: copper-catalyzed; enantioselective; DFT copper-catalyzed; enantioselective; DFT
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Li, H.; Luo, M.; Tao, G.; Qin, S. Theoretical Calculations on the Mechanism of Enantioselective Copper(I)-Catalyzed Addition of Enynes to Ketones. Catalysts 2018, 8, 359.

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