Chiral C2-symmetric 2,3-disubstituted 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octanes (DABCOs) (1) have been utilized as catalysts for asymmetric Baylis-Hillman reactions. Optically active α-methylene-β-hydroxyalkanone was obtained in up to 47% ee. Under high pressure conditions, a remarkable enhancement of both reaction rate and enantioselectivity has been observed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry