Asked Dec 31, 2019

 What alkene is needed to synthesize each amino acid by an enantioselective hydrogenation reaction using H2 and Rh*: (a) alanine; (b) leucine; (c) glutamine?


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Step 1

The amino acid, alanine is formed by enantioselective hydrogenation of achiral alkene with hydrogen and the rhodium catalyst as shown below.

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Step 2

The amino acid, leucine is formed by enantioselective hydrogenation of ach...

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