Enantioselective Cobalt-Catalyzed Hydroboration of Ketone-Derived Silyl Enol Ethers.Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2022 07 18; 61(29):e202117413.AC
Catalytic asymmetric hydroboration of alkenes is a powerful tool for the synthesis of natural products, agrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals via the versatile transformations of chiral alkyl boronic esters. However, the scope of available alkenes is limited to styrenes, activated alkenes, and compounds with directing groups. The catalytic enantioselective hydroboration of heteroatom-substituted alkenes is rarely explored and those catalyzed by earth-abundant metals are yet to be reported. Herein, we report a cobalt-catalyzed asymmetric hydroboration of ketone-derived silyl enol ethers and provide a convenient approach to access valuable enantiopure β-hydroxy boronic esters. This protocol features mild reaction conditions, a broad substrate scope, and excellent enantioselectivities (up to 99 % ee). This approach was applied in the successful synthesis of salmeterol and albuterol, demonstrating its potential to streamline complex molecule synthesis.