An air-stable, simple (R(P))-mentylbenzylphosphinate, readily available in large quantities, can efficiently induce the rhodium-catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation of α-acetamidocinnamates with high enantioselectivity (up to 99.6% ee). Intramolecular hydrogen bonding plays an important role in this asymmetric induction.
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