Enantioselective synthesis of heteroaromatic epoxyketones under phase-transfer catalysis using D-glucose- and D-mannose-based crown ethers

Zsolt Rapi, Tamás Szabó, György Keglevich, Áron Szxöllosy, László Drahos, Péter Bakó

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Heteroaromatic epoxyketones have been synthesized in an asymmetric Darzens condensation of 2-chloroacetylfuran or 2- and 3-chloroacetylthiophene with aromatic aldehydes and in the enantioselective epoxidation of α,β-enones with an N-methylpyrrole unit, in both cases in the presence of D-glucose- 1 or D-mannose-based 2 crown ethers as phase transfer catalysts. The use of D-glucose-based 1 lariat ether as the catalyst gave the best results. The α,β-epoxyketones with a furan or a thiophene moiety were obtained in good enantioselectivities (up to 86% ee) as well as excellent diastereoselectivities (up to 98:2), but the epoxyketones with a pyrrole-ring were formed in the Darzens condensation in low yields and enantioselectivities. The epoxyketones with an N-methylpyrrole moiety isolated from the epoxidation of the corresponding α,β-enones were obtained in significant enantioselectivities (in ee values up to 81%) in the presence of catalyst 1 under mild reaction conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1189-1196
Number of pages8
JournalTetrahedron Asymmetry
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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