Nickel-Catalyzed Asymmetric Ring Opening of Oxabenzonorbornadienes with Arylboronic Acids
2014-06-06T00:00:00Z (GMT) by
A new, versatile, and highly efficient nickel-catalyzed asymmetric ring-opening (ARO) reaction of oxabenzonorbornadienes with a wide variety of arylboronic acids has been developed, yielding cis-2-aryl-1,2-dihydronaphthalen-1-ols in high yields (up to 99%) with good to excellent enantioselectivities (up to 99% ee) under very mild conditions. The effects of various nickel precursors, chiral bidentate ligands, catalyst loadings, bases, solvents, and temperatures on the yield and enantioselectivity of the reaction were also investigated. A plausible mechanism was proposed to account for the formation of the corresponding cis-ring-opened products based on the X-ray structure of product 4b.