Enantioselective sulfa-Michael additions to α,β unsaturated diazocarbonyl compounds have been developed. Quinine-derived squaramide was found to be the best catalyst to promote C-S bond formation in a highly stereoselective fashion for alkyl and aryl thiols. The easy-to-follow protocol allowed the preparation of 22 examples in enantiomeric ratios up to 97:3 and reaction yields up to 94%. The mechanism and origins of enantioselectivity were determined through density functional theory (DFT) calculations.
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- Organic Chemistry