Asymmetric [2,3]-wittig rearrangement of oxygenated allyl benzyl ethers in the presence of a chiral di-tBu-bis(oxazoline) ligand: a novel synthetic approach to THF lignans.Chemistry. 2009 Sep 28; 15(38):9911-7.C
We have accomplished highly enantioselective [2,3]-Wittig rearrangements of functionalized allyl benzyl ethers in the presence of a chiral di-tBu-bis(oxazoline) ligand. In various oxygenated benzylic ethers, the reactions proceeded with excellent diastereo- and enantioselectivities, although the presence of a methoxy substituent at the ortho-position on the benzyl group drastically decreased the enantioselectivity. Conversely, o-ethyl and o-phenyl substituents had no significant effect on the selectivity. We found that the C2-substituent of the allylic moiety played an important role in producing high enantioselectivity. Highly enantioselective [2,3]-Wittig rearrangement in the presence of catalytic amounts of the chiral ligands is also described.