Z-α-acetamidocinnamate esters were hydrogenated with neutral rhodium(I) complexes containing (1R,2R)-trans-1,2-bis(diphenylphosphinomethyl)cyclobutane. Increasing the steric bulk of the alcohol moiety in the unsaturated esters had little influence upon the optical purity of the N-acetylphanylalanine ester products. In the series Me, Et, i-Pr, and t-Bu the optical purity decreased from 44 % ee-(R) [Me] to 40 % ee-(R) [t-Bu]. The chiral cyclobutane diphosphine appears to be only slightly more effective than the heterocyclic DIOP when ring-substituted Z-α-acetamidocinnamic acids are hydrogenated with neutral rhodium(I) complexes without the addition of triethylamine. Addition of triethylamine to the solvent blend seems to be more beneficial to the cyclobutane analogue than to DIOP.
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 1977|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Drug Discovery
- Organic Chemistry