Crown ethers in enantioselective synthesis

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A number of new chiral crown compounds and lariat ethers have been synthesized starting from phenyl-β-D-glucopyranoside, methyl-α-D- glucopyranoside and galactopyranoside, methyl-α-D-mannopyranoside and 1,2:5,6-di-O-isopropylidene-D-mannitol, but the main emphasis was laid on their application. Some of the sugar-based macrocycles showed significant asymmetric induction as phase transfer catalysts in liquid-liquid and solid-liquid phase reactions such as in two Michael addition reactions (84-95 % ee), in a Darzens condensation (74 % ee) and in the epoxidation of chalcones (92 % ee). The proposed mechanism of the selective reactions was supported by molecular mechanics calculations. The asymmetric self-condensation of phenacyl chloride took place in 64 % ee value. A novel deracemization of CH-acids has also been discovered and the reason of the enantioselective protonation is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-358
Number of pages10
JournalKemija u industriji/Journal of Chemists and Chemical Engineers
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2004


  • Asymmetric phase transfer catalysis
  • Chiral crown ethers
  • Chiral lariat ethers
  • Enantioselective induction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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