Catalytic asymmetric conjugate addition of nitroalkanes to α,β-unsaturated thioamides is promoted by a mesitylcopper/(R)-DTBM- Segphos precatalyst, affording γ-nitrothioamides in moderate to high syn-selectivity and excellent enantioselectivity. The intermediate Cu-thioamide enolate functions as a soft Lewis acid/hard Brønsted base cooperative catalyst to drive the catalytic cycle efficiently under proton transfer conditions.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry