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Quinine catalysed asymmetric Michael additions in a sustainable solvent

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JournalRSC Advances
DatePublished - 4 Dec 2014
Issue number5
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)3678-3685
Original languageEnglish


Diethyl carbonate is shown to be a suitable, sustainable solvent in which to carry out quinine catalysed asymmetric Michael additions of malononitriles to enones. Both malonitrile and α-substituted malononitriles can be used as substrate and the results suggest that π-π stacking interactions between the (hetero)aromatic rings of the catalyst and substrates are important in determining the degree of asymmetric induction.

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