Investigation of the rh-catalyzed asymmetric reductive aldol reaction. Expanded scope based on reaction analysis.Org Lett. 2004 Jul 08; 6(14):2309-12.OL
[reaction: see text] A series of experiments are described that suggest that the Rh-catalyzed reductive aldol reaction proceeds by addition of a Rh(I) hydride, generated in situ, to the reacting acrylate followed by a stereochemistry-controlling aldol addition reaction. On the basis of this hypothesis, reaction conditions are engineered that allow for increased substrate scope.