Copper(I)-catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation of heteroaromatic ketones, cyclic and acyclic enones is reported. The choice of the chiral diphosphine ligand highly influenced enantiose-lectivity as well as chemoselectivity. Highly enantioselective hydrogenation of ortho-substituted heteroaromatic ketones was achieved using BDPP as the ligand. In the 1,2-selective hydrogenation of acylic enone, SEGPHOS gave higher enantioselectivity than BDPP. On the other hand, the bulky ligand DTBM-SEGPHOS had a 1,4-selective nature, leading to the first highly 1,4-selective and enantioselective hydrogenation of cyclic enones.
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