Reactions of Allylmagnesium Reagents with Carbonyl Compounds and Compounds with Câ• N Double Bonds: Their Diastereoselectivities Generally Cannot Be Analyzed Using the Felkin-Anh and Chelation-Control Models

Nicole D. Bartolo, Jacquelyne A. Read, Elizabeth M. Valentín, K. A. Woerpel

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This review describes the additions of allylmagnesium reagents to carbonyl compounds and to imines, focusing on the differences in reactivity between allylmagnesium halides and other Grignard reagents. In many cases, allylmagnesium reagents either react with low stereoselectivity when other Grignard reagents react with high selectivity, or allylmagnesium reagents react with the opposite stereoselectivity. This review collects hundreds of examples, discusses the origins of stereoselectivities or the lack of stereoselectivity, and evaluates why selectivity may not occur and when it will likely occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1513-1619
Number of pages107
JournalChemical reviews
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 12 2020


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