New zinc(II)-based catalyst for asymmetric azomethine ylide cycloaddition reactions

Doğan, Özdemir
GARNER, Philip
BULUT, Adnan
Youngs, Wiley J.
PANZNER, Matthew
A new chiral aziridino alcohol ligand for zinc(II)-catalyzed azomethine ylide cycloadditions is described. In the presence of this catalyst, N-arylidene glycine methyl esters react with a variety of dipolarophiles to give substituted pyrrolidines in very good to excellent chemical yields and up to 95% ee. The absolute sense of asymmetric induction appears to be dipolarophile-dependent.