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A new chiral diol derived from tetralone for the complexation of Lewis acids

Coogan, Michael P. and Haigh, Robert and Hall, Adrian and Harris, Lisa D. and Hibbs, David E. and Jenkins, Robert L. and Jones, Claire L. and Tomkinson, Nicholas C. O. (2003) A new chiral diol derived from tetralone for the complexation of Lewis acids. Tetrahedron, 59 (37). pp. 7389-7395. ISSN 0040-4020

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A new approach to the rational design of Lewis acids based on face-face π-π interactions is described. The synthesis of two novel diols (-)(1R,3R)-2,2-dimethyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalene-1,3-diol (I) and (-)(1S,3R)-trans-2,2-dimethyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalene-1-3-diol (II) is reported in six and five steps resp. starting from α-tetralone. Complexation of (-)(1R,3R)-2,2-dimethyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalene-1,3-diol to phenylboronic acid shows the interplanar distance between the boron atom and the arom. ring to be 3.05 A, which is ideal for the proposed interactions. [on SciFinder(R)]