An efficient protocol for direct catalytic alkynylation of ketoimines is described. The simultaneous activation of a soft Lewis basic terminal alkyne and a ketoimine bearing a thiophosphinoyl group by soft Lewis acid Cu(I) is crucial for high conversion. The reaction can be rendered asymmetric with a chiral bisphosphine ligand (S,S)-Ph-BPE.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry