The use of silyl nitronates is reported for the isothiourea-catalyzed synthesis of γ-nitro-substituted silyl esters containing up to two contiguous stereocenters in good yields with excellent enantioselectivities (up to 93% yield and 99:1 er). The serendipitously discovered formation of silyl ester products in this reaction demonstrates a novel platform for catalyst turnover in α,β-unsaturated acyl ammonium catalysis.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry