The Aldol Condensation - Stereochemistry

Macrolide Antibiotics: Why Chemists are Interested in the Stereochemistry of the Aldol Reaction


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Stereoselection in the Aldol Condensation

  W. A. Kleschick, C. T. Buse, C. H. Heathcock, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1977, 99, 247. Full paper: J. Org. Chem. 1980, 45, 1066.

  When the pendant substituent on the ketone is sterically large, then the enolization with lithium amides is highly stereoselective, and the aldol reaction is highly stereospecific (i.e Z enolate gives syn, E enolate gives anti aldol product)


Cleavable "large" groups are more generally useful:

  Mesityl and t-butyl groups are not particularly useful for the general synthesis of aldol adducts. However, the introduction of α-oxy substituents preserves the high stereo control of these large groups, and allows a subsequent oxidative cleavage to form useful aldol products. White, Heathcock J.Org.Chem. 1881, 46, 191


Does the Zimmerman-Traxler Transition State Really Describe the Aldol Condensation?

Denmark, S. E.; Henke, B. R. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1989, 111, 8032.


Are Aldol transition states chair-like or boat-like?

Liu, Smith, Gustin, Rousch J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 5770


Asymmetric Induction in the Aldol Condensation: 3,4-Stereoselection

  Like other nucleophilic carbonyl additions, the new stereocenters introduced during an aldol reaction are subject to stereochemical control by prexisting asymmetric centers in the aldehyde acceptor (asymmetric induction), either of the Felkin-Anh/Cram type, or the chelation control type..


Stereoselective Aldol Condensation using Boron Enolates

  The next major advance in controlling aldol stereochemistry came with the discovery that boron enolates could usually be formed with high stereocontrol even with unhindered ketones, and equally important, the aldol reactions were often highly stereopecific.

D. A. Evans, E. Vogel, J. V. Nelson, J. Am. Chem. Soc, 1979, 101, 6120.


Control of Boron Enolate Stereochemistry

  The Brown goup made the observation that the stereochemistry of enolization was remarkably sensitive to the nature of the base (hindered or unhindered amine), nature of the leaving group on boron (Cl, I, or OTf) or the alkyl substituents on boron (butyl 9-BBN or cyclohexyl), so that often either the Z or the E enolate can be formed with high selectivity. Brown J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1989, 111, 3441. J. Org. Chem. 1993, 58, 147.


Stereoselective Enolization- Elaiolide: Patterson, Lombert, Allerton Org. Lett. 1999, 1, 19.


Enolization of Esters using Boron Triflates

Abiko, A.; Liu, J.-F.; Masamune, S. J. Org. Chem. 1996, 61, 2590-2591.


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