Reaction conditions have been identified to conduct a one-pot asymmetric organocatalytic aldol reaction with a hydrophobic substrate in aqueous medium via a process running in flow mode. By employing a mixture of water and 2-propanol, a hydrophobic aldehyde and 3.6 mol% of an organocatalyst, this microreactor process affords the desired aldol adduct with a conversion of 74% and an enantioselectivity of 89% after a reaction time of 60 minutes.
- aldol reaction
- asymmetric catalysis
- continuously running processes
- flow chemistry