Background: The commercially available dimeric cinchona alkaloids based on C-9 ether
bond connecting are limited by the absence of Brønsted acid moiety and cannot meet the enantioselectivity
Objective: In this study, a family of novel C2-symmetric bis-cinchona alkaloid derivatives possessing a
range of mono- and bidentate hydrogen bond donor groups at the C-9 is now reported.
Method: These novel C2-symmetric bis-cinchona alkaloid derivatives were synthesized by a facile
Results: These novel C2-symmetric bis-cinchona alkaloid derivatives exhibit a rare example of Brønsted
acid moiety of C-9, basic tertiary amine moiety, and a rigid enzyme-like pocket, suggesting their potential,
broadly useful bifunctional organic catalysts for asymmetric synthesis.