The introduction of the CF3 unit is a common strategy for modifying pharmacokinetic properties and slowing metabolic degradation in medicinal chemistry. A catalytic and enantioselective addition of α-CF3 enolates allows for expeditious access to functionalized chiral building blocks with CF3-containing stereogenicity. To date, α-CF3 enolates have been a less explored class of nucleophiles because of rapid defluorination. The present study reveals that a designed α-CF3 amide enables a direct asymmetric Mannich-type reaction in a cooperative catalytic system.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry