Résumé : The catalytic activity of racemic thiourea derivatives of Tröger's base (±)-2-4 in Michael additions of malonate derivatives to trans-β-nitrostyrene was studied. Due to the low basicity of Tröger's base, the outcome of the addition reactions was strongly dependent on the pKa of the nucleophile. Thiourea catalysts (±)-2, 3 were resolved on the chiral stationary phase Whelk O1. Unfortunately, enantiopure catalysts 2 and 3 showed no stereoselectivity in the Michael addition. © ARKAT USA, Inc.