Organocatalytic enantioselective synthesis of both diastereomers of alpha-hydroxyphosphinates.J Org Chem. 2010 Feb 19; 75(4):1101-6.JO
Racemic alpha-acylphosphinates and formylphosphinate hydrate were used directly as the substrates in a proline derivative-catalyzed cross aldol reaction with ketones. Because of the preexisting phosphorus stereogenic center, a mixture of two diastereomers of the corresponding alpha-hydroxyphosphinates was obtained in this reaction. Good to high enantioselectivities (up to 99% ee) were obtained simultaneously for the two diastereomers in good yields. Good diastereoselectivities were also obtained when the reaction generates an additional carbon stereogenic center.