The direct proline-catalyzed asymmetric α-aminoxylation of aldehydes and ketones has been developed using nitrosobenzene as an oxygen source, affording α-anilinoxy-aldehydes and -ketones with excellent enantioselectivity. Reaction conditions have been optimized, and low temperature (-20 °C) was found to be a key for the successful α-aminoxylation of aldehydes, while slow addition of nitrosobenzene is essential for that of ketones. The scope of the reaction is presented.
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- Organic Chemistry