Diisopropylamine derivatives bearing a perfluoroalkyl chain were prepared and converted to the corresponding lithium amides by treatment with n-butyllithium. The fluorous lithium amides reacted with ketones to efficiently produce lithium enolates. Asymmetric deprotonation of prochiral ketones was also studied using lithium amides derived from chiral fluorous amines, which gave optical yields comparable with the parent nonfluorous chiral lithium amides. These reusable fluorous amines can be easily recovered by liquid-liquid extraction or chromatographic separation.
- Asymmetric deprotonation
- Chiral amine