A highly efficient rhodium-catalyzed protocol for the preparation of 2-arylsuccinic esters and 3-arylpyrrolidines of high optical purity has been achieved. In the presence of 1 mol % of a chiral diene/Rh(I) catalyst, asymmetric addition of various arylboronic acids to di-tert-butyl fumarate (3c) provides the corresponding adducts in up to 99% yield and 94→99.5% ee. Excellent enantioselectivities were also observed in the regio- and enantioselective conjugate addition of phenylboronic acid (4a) to compound 3e.
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