Induction of planar chirality using asymmetric click chemistry by a novel desymmetrisation of 1,3-bisalkynyl ferrocenes

Adam J. Wright, David L. Hughes, Philip C. Bulman Page, G. Richard Stephenson

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The new asymmetric click CuAAC reaction is used for the first time to induce asymmetry in planar chiral compounds. There are only three classes of stereogenicity (atom‐centred, axial and planar), and these results are therefore of fundamental importance as well as practical significance, providing access to chiral ferrocenes at near enantiopurity. Here, we report asymmetric induction (AI) and kinetic resolution (KR) studies on a novel library of prochiral 1,2,3‐trisubstituted bis‐alkynylferrocenes, obtained by diiodination, derivatisation (including reduction and etherification), double Sonogashira coupling and finally transesterification, azidation or silylation. Desymmetrisation using chiral ligands to modify the CuAAC reaction proceeds in up to 60 % yield and >99.5 % ee, yielding planar chiral ferrocenes. The absolute configuration of two of the preferred products was proved by chemical correlation and related to the entire series by circular dichroism spectroscopy (CD).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7218-7222
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number43
Early online date23 Sep 2019
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2019

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