The preparation of chiral building blocks, suitable for use in the enantioselective total synthesis of kauranoids and ent-kauranoids, is reported herein. The pig liver esterase-catalyzed asymmetric hydrolysis of dimethyl 3,3-dimethyl-2-methylenecyclohexane-1,2-dicarboxylate, a malonate-type prochiral diester, afforded the corresponding half-ester in 96% yield and with 99% enantiomeric excess. The absolute configuration of the half-ester was determined by X-ray crystallographic analysis of its derivative and its enantiodivergent transformations are also described herein.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry