Modulation of the reactivity, stability and substrate- and enantioselectivity of an epoxidation catalyst by noncovalent dynamic attachment of a receptor functionality - aspects on the mechanism of the Jacobsen-Katsuki epoxidation applied to a supramolecular system

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The synthesis of the components of the dynamic supramolecular hydrogen-bonded catalytic system 2 + 3 is described. The catalytic performance and substrate- and enantioselectivity of Mn(salen) catalyst 2 were investigated in the presence and absence of the Zn(porphyrin) receptor unit 3. The effects of pyridine and pyridine N-oxide donor ligands were also studied. Some aspects on the mechanism of the Jacobsen - Katsuki epoxidation, based on literature observations, are introduced as a means to analyse the behaviour of 2 and its modulation by the formation of macrocycle 1 with 3. A complete association model of the metal-free system 4 + 5 refutes the earlier assumption that macrocycle 1 is the predominant form of catalyst 2 under the standard epoxidation reaction conditions with 2 + 3. Evidence are provided that receptor-binding substrates and nonbinding substrates, respectively, are epoxidised by two different catalytic species, or two distinct distributions of species in competitive epoxidations using catalytic system 2 + 3. The two species are assigned to the endo and exo faces of the Mn( salen) catalyst in macrocycle 1, and to equivalently folded oligomeric structures with monomers 2 and 3 in adjacent positions.


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  • Organic Chemistry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1927-1948
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Organic chemistry (S/LTH) (011001240)