Authors: SERKAN EYMUR, ENİS TAŞCI, ARZU UYANIK, MUSTAFA YILMAZ
Abstract: A series of cholesterol and based hydrophobic urea and thiourea compounds were synthesized and successfully used as a cocatalyst for L-proline catalyzed aldol reactions in the presence of water. The anticonfigured products were obtained with good yields (up to 94%), high diastereoselectivities (up to 95:5), and high enantiomeric excesses (up to 93% ee). The successful results for catalytic efficiency of L-proline in the presence of water reveal the importance of the hydrophobic nature of cholesterol and diosgenin parts of thiourea on the reactivity and selectivity in the presence of water.
Keywords: Aldol, organocatalyst, proline, asymmetric synthesis
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