A new class of organocatalysts involving a primary amine as the only functional group is developed for catalytic asymmetric aldol reaction of cyclohexanone/ cyclopentanone with various aryl aldehydes in thepresence of benzoic acid as an additive at −10◦C. In an unexpected observation, the primary amine catalyzed reactions gave excellent yield and good to excellent stereoselectivity, while secondary amines were found to have little or no reactivity under similar reaction conditions.
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