Ligand-Enabled Pd(II)-Catalyzed Enantioselective β-C(sp3)-H Arylation of Aliphatic Tertiary Amides



Amide is one of the most widespread functional groups in organic and bioorganic chemistry, and it would be valuable to achieve stereoselective C(sp3)-H functionalization in amide molecules. Pd(II) catalysis has been prevalently used in the C-H activation chemistry in the past decades, however, due to the weakly-coordinating feature of simple amides, it is challenging to achieve their direct C(sp3)-H functionalization with enantiocontrol by Pd(II) catalysis. Our group has developed sulfoxide-2-hydroxypridine (SOHP) ligands, which exhibited remarkable activity in Pd-catalyzed C(sp2)-H activation. In this work, we demonstrate that chiral SOHP ligands served as an ideal solution to enantioselective C(sp3)-H activation in simple amides. Herein, we report an efficient asymmetric Pd(II)/SOHP-catalyzed β-C(sp3)-H arylation of aliphatic tertiary amides, in which the SOHP ligand plays a key role in the stereoselective C-H deprotonation-metalation step.


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