(S)-(−)-Fluorenylethylchloroformate (FLEC); preparation using asymmetric transfer hydrogenation and application to the analysis and resolution of amines

Mohammad Al Amin, Michelle A. Camerino, Simon J. Mountford, Xiao Ma, David T. Manallack, David K. Chalmers, Martin Wills, Philip E. Thompson

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Fluorenylethylchoroformate (FLEC) is a valuable chiral derivatisation reagent that is used for the resolution of a wide variety of chiral amines. Herein, we describe an improved preparation of (S)-(−)-FLEC using an efficient asymmetric catalytic transfer hydrogenation as the key step. We also demonstrate the application of FLEC as a chiral Fmoc equivalent for chiral resolution, with facile deprotection, of tetrahydroquinaldines, and its capacity for inducing regioselective outcomes in nitration reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number130591
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • 1-(9H-Fluoren-9-yl)ethan-1-ol
  • Asymmetric transfer hydrogenation
  • Chiral derivatisation
  • Chiral Fmoc
  • Chiral resolution
  • Fluorenylethylchoroformate

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