Enantioselective Gold-Catalyzed Synthesis of Heterocyclic Compounds

  • Dillon H. Miles
  • F. Dean TosteEmail author
Part of the Topics in Heterocyclic Chemistry book series (TOPICS, volume 46)


Asymmetric gold-catalyzed syntheses of a diverse range of heterocycles are described herein. This chapter outlines efforts toward the construction of these molecules via intermolecular, intramolecular, and tandem cyclization strategies. Additionally, asymmetric hydrogenation and epoxidation approaches are detailed. These methodologies generally utilize substrates containing soft, unsaturated carbon-carbon bonds, which can easily interact with the carbophilic gold atom(s). Mostly through the use of bis- or monophosphine ligands, modest to excellent yields and enantioselectivities are obtained for a variety of partially and fully saturated heterocycles. Although steric variation of the phosphine catalyst is the most commonly used strategy for enantioinduction, the use of chiral counteranions has proven useful for more challenging transformations. This chapter includes only examples of syntheses where a chiral gold catalyst is used in the direct formation of the heterocycle; examples of pendant functionalization of an existing heterocycle or chirality transfer from enantioenriched substrate to product are not included.


Alkenes Alkynes Allenes Asymmetric catalysis Gold Hydroalkoxylation Hydroamination Hydroarylation Oxazolines Pyrrolidines Tetrahydrofurans 



























Enantiomeric excess




Nitrogen acyclic carbene


N-Heterocyclic carbene








α,α,α,α-Tetraaryl-1,3-dioxolane-4,5- dimethanol






3,3′-Bis(2,4,6-triisopropylphenyl)-1,1′-binaphthyl-2,2′-diyl phosphate


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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