DOI: 10.1002/hlca.202300124 ISSN:

Synthesis of (R)‐1‐(4‐Bromophenyl)‐2,2,2‐trifluoroethan‐1‐amine Hydrochloride via Diastereoselective Trifluoromethylation of a Chiral Sulfinimine

Helene Wolleb, Francesco Bonina, Megan Udry, Stefan Reber, Nicole Blumer, Daniel Leuenberger, Gabriel Schäfer
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Biochemistry
  • Catalysis

An efficient three‐step synthesis of (R)‐1‐(4‐bromophenyl)‐2,2,2‐trifluoroethan‐1‐amine hydrochloride (1) starting from inexpensive and readily available starting materials was developed. The sequence features a highly diastereoselective trifluoromethylation of a chiral sulfinimine using the Rupert–Prakash reagent TMSCF3 in combination with K3PO4 as an initiator. The diastereomeric purity of the resulting sulfinamide was further improved by direct precipitation of the desired diastereomer from the reaction mixture upon addition of water. The chiral auxiliary was then removed under acidic conditions, resulting in the isolation of chiral benzylamine 1 as its hydrochloride salt in 71% overall yield and excellent purity (LC/MS: >99% a/a; e.r. = 99:1).

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