Asymmetric Synthesis of Amines with tert-Butanesulfinamide and Its Application

Takuya Kochi, Tsutomu Mukade, Jonathan A. Ellman

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Butanesulfinyl imines are exceedingly versatile intermediates for the asymmetric synthesis of amines. Aldimines 15 and ketimines 16 are prepared in high yields under mild conditions by condensing enantiomerically pure tert-butanesulfinamide 10, either enantiomer of which is readily synthesized in large scale from inexpensive reagents, with a wide range of aldehydes and ketones. The tert-butanesulfinyl group activates the imines for the addition of many different classes of nucleophiles, serves as a powerful chiral directing group, and after nucleophilic addition function as a versatile protecting group of the amines, which is readily cleaved by treatment with acid. A wide range of highly enantioenriched amines, including α-branched amines, α, α-dibranched amines, α- and β-amino acids, 1, 2- and 1, 3-amino alcohols, and α-trifluoromethyl-amines are efficiently synthesized using this methodology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-139
Number of pages12
JournalYuki Gosei Kagaku Kyokaishi/Journal of Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Feb
Externally publishedYes


  • Amine protecting group
  • Asymmetric synthesis
  • Chiral amines
  • Parallel synthesis
  • Tert-butanesulfinamide
  • Tert-butanesulfinyl imine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry


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