Maleimides are often used as electrophiles in conventional reactions; however, their application as nucleophiles is limited to only a few reactions, and reactions utilizing α-aminomaleimides as asymmetric Michael donors have not been reported to date. Thus, in this work, asymmetric Michael addition of α-aminomaleimides as Michael donors to β-nitrostyrenes was conducted for the first time using an organocatalyst derived from a Cinchona alkaloid. Density functional theory investigations were crucial to improve the enantioselectivity of the adduct.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry