Direct Carbon-Carbon Bond Formation via Reductive Soft Enolization: A Kinetically Controlled syn-Aldol Addition of alpha-Halo Thioesters and Enolizable Aldehydes
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The direct addition of enolizable aldehydes and a-halo thioesters to produce beta-hydroxy thioesters enabled by reductive soft enolization is reported. The transformation is operationally simple and efficient and has the unusual feature of giving high syn-selectivity, which is the opposite of that produced for (thio)esters under conventional conditions. Moreover, excellent diastereoselectivity results when a chiral nonracemic alpha-hydroxy aldehyde derivative is used.