Chiral phenoxyimino-amido aluminum complexes for the asymmetric cyanation of aldehydes†
The reactivity of triethylaluminum towards salicylaldimine sulfonamides was probed, affording well-defined complexes through consecutive protonolysis of two Al–C bonds by the proligand. These complexes, when combined with an achiral anilinic N-oxide, catalyze the asymmetric addition of trimethylsilylcyanide to a wide range of aldehydes, with good activity and enantioselectivity (up to 91% ee). Insertion of the benzaldehyde substrate into the Al–N amido bond was observed, bringing elements for discussion around the nature of the actual active species.
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