A series of pyrrolidine derivatives with β-amino alcohol moieties prepared from (S)-proline were found to catalyze the enantioselective addition of diethylzinc to aldehydes to yield optically active secondary alcohols with high enantioselectivities. A mechanism accounting for the configurational change with the bulkiness of chiral ligands is proposed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry