Mechanistic Dichotomy in the Asymmetric Allylation of Aldehydes with Allyltrichlorosilanes Catalyzed by Chiral Pyridine N-Oxides
Journal article, 2013

Detailed kinetic and computational investigation of the enantio- and diastereoselective allylation of aldehydes 1 with allyltrichlorosilanes 5, employing the pyridine N-oxides METHOX (9) and QUINOX (10) as chiral organocatalysts, indicate that the reaction can proceed through a dissociative (cationic) or associative (neutral) mechanism: METHOX apparently favors a pentacoordinate cationic transition state, while the less sterically demanding QUINOX is likely to operate via a hexacoordinate neutral complex. In both pathways, only one molecule of the catalyst is involved in the rate- and selectivity-determining step, which is supported by both experimental and computational data.





pyridine N-oxides


Andrei V. Malkov

University of Glasgow

Loughborough University

Sigitas Stoncius

University of Glasgow

Vilnius University

Mark Bell

University of Glasgow

University of Dundee

Fabiomassimo Castelluzzo

Bayer SpA, Italy

University of Glasgow

Pedro Ramirez-Lopez

University of Glasgow

University of Seville

Lada Biedermannova

Czech Academy of Sciences

University of Glasgow

Vratislav Langer

Chalmers, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Environmental Inorganic Chemistry

Lubomir Rulisek

Czech Academy of Sciences

Pavel Kocovsky

University of Glasgow

Arrhenius Laboratory

Chemistry - A European Journal

0947-6539 (ISSN) 1521-3765 (eISSN)

Vol. 19 28 9167-9185

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