Cinchona alkaloid catalysts in combination with air- and moisture-stable N-trifluoromethylthiophthalimide as electrophilic SCF3 source enabled the catalytic enantioselective trifluoromethylsulfenylation. Thus, a series of α-SCF3 esters that bear a quaternary carbon stereogenic center were obtained with excellent yield and enantioselectivity. Moreover, the products can be readily converted into valuable α-SCF3 β-hydroxyesters.
- cinchona alkaloids
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