TETRAHEDRON-ASYMMETRY, vol.10, no.24, pp.4769-4774, 1999 (SCI-Expanded)
Aromatic aldehydes are converted into benzoins by benzoylformate decarboxylase catalyzed C-C bond formation. The reaction affords (R)-benzoins with high enantiomeric excess and in good chemical yields. A broad range of aromatic aldehydes can be used as substrates in aqueous buffer or buffer/DMSO-solutions. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.