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Simultaneous Clicknetic Resolution Coetaneous catalytic kinetic resolution of alkynes and azides through asymmetric triazole formation

submitted on 04.12.2017, 18:38 and posted on 05.12.2017, 17:10 by William D. G. Brittain, Andrew G. Dalling, Zhenquan Sun, Cecile S. Le Duff, Louise Male, Benjamin R. Buckley, John Fossey
A non-enzymatic simultaneous kinetic resolution of racemic alkynes and racemic azides utilising an asymmetric CuAAC reaction is reported. The use of a CuCl (R,R)Ph-Pybox catalyst system effects a simultaneous kinetic resolution of two racemic starting materials to give one major triazolic diasteroisomer in the ratio 74:12:4:10 (dr 84:16, 90% ee maj). The corresponding control reaction using an achiral copper catalyst gives the four possible diastereoisomers in a 23:27:23:27 ratio, demonstrating minimal inherent substrate control.


RCUK, Royal Society, EPSRC (EP/J003220/1), Wellcome Trust ISSF, University of Birmingham, Loughborough University



  • Homogeneous Catalysis

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