Mr. Yanxin Jiang


    Cyclopropanes are unique three-member rings with their unusual bonding and inherent ring strain making them valuable building blocks in modern organic synthesis[1]. In this work, a Pd-catalyzed diastereo- and enantioselective desymmetric hydrophosphination of 3,3-disubstituted cyclopropenes is described[2]. It allows an efficient, direct and atom-economic access to potentially valuable chiral cyclopropane rings bearing two vicinal carbon stereocenters in high yields with excellent diastereo- and enantioselectivities (up to >98:2 d.r. and 97% ee). Further transformations of these chiral phosphorus-containing three-member rings provide a range of potential applications.


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University: HKBU

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