An efficient synthesis of β-aryl-β-amino acid enantiomers has been developed via the lipase-catalysed enantioselective hydrolysis of the corresponding racemic ethyl esters in an organic solvent. High enantioselectivities (E >100) were observed when the lipase PS-catalysed reactions were performed with H2O (0.5 equiv) in diisopropyl ether at 45 °C. The products could be easily separated and were obtained in good yields of ≥40%.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry