Asymmetric synthesis of isoindolones by chiral cyclopentadienyl-rhodium(III)-catalyzed C-H functionalizations.Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2014 Jul 21; 53(30):7896-9.AC
Directed Cp*Rh(III)-catalyzed carbon-hydrogen (C-H) bond functionalizations have evolved as a powerful strategy for the construction of heterocycles. Despite their high value, the development of related asymmetric reactions is largely lagging behind due to a limited availability of robust and tunable chiral cyclopentadienyl ligands. Rhodium complexes comprising a chiral Cp ligand with an atropchiral biaryl backbone enables an asymmetric synthesis of isoindolones from arylhydroxamates and weakly alkyl donor/acceptor diazo derivatives as one-carbon component under mild conditions. The complex guides the substrates with a high double facial selectivity yielding the chiral isoindolones in good yields and excellent enantioselectivities.