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Chiral Phosphoramidite Ligands for Asymmetric Synthesis

New ligands have been successfully tested in enantioselective conjugate addition

Enantioselective conjugate addition of organometallic reagents to α,β-unsaturated organic substrates is among the most important of organic transformations1,2. Substrates used in this reaction are usually α,β-unsaturated ketones, aldehydes, esters, amides, sulfoxides, or nitro compounds. Often referred to as 1,4-addition, these reactions use a variety of organometallic reagents, where non-stabilized organic moieties are directly introduced into an organic structure with high chemo- and regioselectivity transforming sp2 carbon into an sp3 one 1.

Since asymmetric synthesis plays a key role in chiral ligands, Strem is happy to introduce two new BINAP-based phosphoramidite products 15-0860 and 15-0870, that have been developed at the University of Oxford (Fig. 1).


15-0860                                                               15-0870

Fig. 1. New Phosphoramidite Ligands

Using phosphoramidite ligands; 15-0860 and 15-0870, as the catalytic source of chirality, positive activity in the copper-catalyzed hydrometalation/asymmetric conjugate addition approach of alkylzirconium reagents has been reported, which provides all-carbon quaternary centers by coupling alkenes with β-substituted enones3-6 and α,β-unsaturated lactones7. More details are given in the corresponding technical notes found on our web site at



  1. Chem. Rev., 1992, 92, 771.
  2. Chem. Rev. 2008, 108, 2824.
  3. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 7995.
  4. Nature Protoc., 2014, 9, 104.
  5. Chem. Sci., 2017, 8, 641.
  6. ACS Catal. 2017, 7, 6729.
  7. Org. Lett., 2014, 16, 3288.


Newphosphoramidite ligands:
15-0860: (11bS)-N-(Diphenylmethyl)-N-(i-propyl)dinaphtho[2,1-d:1',2'-f][1,3,2]dioxaphosphepin-4-amine (1637749-69-9)

15-0870: (11bS)-N-((R)-2,3-dihydro-1H-inden-1-yl)-N-(di-n-butylmethyl)dinaphtho[2,1-d:1',2'-f][1,3,2]dioxaphosphepin-4-amine


Related Resources & Product Lines:
Ligands & Chiral Ligands
MONOPHOS Product Family
Phosphine Product Family
Phosphine Ligands
Phosphorus Ligands and Compounds Booklet
Other Ligands Booklet



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