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Cobalt(III) hydride HAT mediated enantioselective intramolecular hydroamination access to chiral pyrrolidines

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Enantioenriched pyrrolidines and derivatives are ubiquitous substructures in compounds of importance to medicinal and biological chemistry. Herein, we report an efficient cobalt-catalyzed intramolecular asymmetric hydroamination reaction that produces chiral pyrrolidines with good to excellent yield and enantiocontrol. Compared with previously reported radical-involved methodologies for enantioenriched pyrrolidines, these conditions feature two elegant versatilities, enabling (1) the use of cobalt-catalyzed hydrogen atom transfer (HAT) to generate organocobalt intermediates that bring radical reaction to organometallic chemistry, and (2) enantioselective intramolecular C–N bond forging through an SN2-like displacement involving dynamic kinetic resolution (DKR). This approach provides a new alternative and efficient methodology for enantioselective radical-involved C–N bond construction that can be used in the synthesis of both chiral pyrrolidines and homologous nitrogen heterocycles.

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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (22171043, 22193012, 221831002), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities-Excellent Youth Team Program (2412023YQ001), and Ten Thousand Talents Program for generous financial support.

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Meng, Q., Qin, T., Miao, H. et al. Cobalt(III) hydride HAT mediated enantioselective intramolecular hydroamination access to chiral pyrrolidines. Sci. China Chem. 67, 2002–2008 (2024). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11426-023-1882-5

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