The first asymmetric synthesis of a chiral buckybowl, a C3 symmetric (C)-8,13,18-trimethylsumanene (1), was achieved by employing a synthetic strategy that translates chirality at sp3 centers into bowl chirality. The synthesis features a syn selective cyclotrimerization of an enantiopure halonorbornene derivative, tandem ring-opening/closing olefin metathesis reactions, and DDQ oxidation at low temperature. The bowl-to-bowl inversion energy of 1 was determined as 21.6 kcal/mol by circular dichroism spectra measurement.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry