Atroposelective attack of nucleophiles and electrophiles on 2-acyI-l-naphthamides and their enolates

Jonathan Clayden*, Neil Westlund, Roy L. Beddocs, Madeleine Helliwell

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Abstract

Organolithiums, Grignard reagents and borohydride reducing agents attack 2-acyl-l-naphthamides to give tertiary and secondary alcohols with high or complete atroposelectivity. High levels of stereoselectivity can also be obtained in the alkylations of enolates derived from the same ketones, though the low barrier to thermal epimerisation of the product ketones prevents accurate determination of the kinetic stereoselectivity of the alkylation. The direction of attack in both cases is controlled by the perpendicular conformation of the aromatic amide substituent, whose NR2 group shields one face of the ketone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1351-1361
Number of pages11
JournalPerkin 1
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2000

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