Diastereoselectivity

Beta-Keto Sulfoxide reduction-intramolecular delivery

Background Colour:

diastereoisomer

The transition state is a six-membered chair with the toluyl group equatorial. This is the least hindered of the 4 possible transition states.

The stereochemistry of the reaction is controlled by the sulfoxide. In the absence of the ZnCl2, the hydride transfer occurs intramolecularly yielding the R,S enantiomer.

Summary page : Without ZnCl2 : With ZnCl2