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Stereospecific and chemoselective copper-catalyzed deaminative silylation of benzylic ammonium triflates

Scharfbier, Jonas; Gross, Benjamin M.; Oestreich, Martin

FG Organische Chemie / Synthese und Katalyse

A method for the synthesis of benzylsilanes starting from the corresponding ammonium triflates is reported. Silyl boronic esters are employed as silicon pronucleophiles, and the reaction is catalyzed by copper(I) salts. Enantioenriched benzylic ammonium salts react stereospecifically through an SN2‐type displacement of the ammonium group to afford α‐chiral silanes with inversion of the configuration. A cyclopropyl‐substituted substrate does not undergo ring opening, thus suggesting an ionic reaction mechanism with no benzyl radical intermediate.