Improved catalytic activity of homochiral dimeric cobalt-salen complex in hydrolytic kinetic resolution of terminal racemic epoxides

ArticleinChirality 17(9):590-4 · January 2005with17 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.89 · DOI: 10.1002/chir.20196 · Source: PubMed


    Enantiomerically pure epoxides (99%, ee) and diols (98%, ee) from racemic epichlorohydrin, 1,2-epoxypropane, 1,2-epoxyhexane, 1,2-epoxyoctane, and 1,2-epoxydodecane were obtained in 2-12 h by hydrolytic kinetic resolution (HKR) using the recyclable dimeric homochiral Co(III)-salen complex 1' (0.2 mol %) derived from 5,5-(2',2'-dimethylpropane)-di-[(R,R)-{N-(3-tert-butylsalicylidine)-N'-(3',5'-di-tert-butylsalicylidine)}-1,2-cyclohexanediamine] with cobalt(II) acetate. Unlike its monomeric version, the catalyst could be recycled several times without loss in performance. The use of BF(4) as counter ion in HKR reactions was also investigated.