Synthesis of ribo-hexopyranoside- and altrose-based azacrown ethers and their application in an asymmetric Michael addition

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The synthesis of four new ribo-hexopyranoside-based chiral lariat ethers of monoaza-15-crown-5 type and two altropyranoside-based crown ethers were elaborated. Our syntheses utilized the regioselective ring opening of the oxiran moiety of the 2,3-anhydro sugars by nucleophilic reagents to afford the key intermediates. The reaction of methyl-2,3-anhydro-4,6-O-benzylidene-α-d- mannopyranoside with ethanolamine is especially of interest to afford a 3-substituted altropyranoside. One of the ribo-hexopyranoside-based lariat ethers with a 4-methoxyphenyl substituent induced an enantioselectivity of 80% when used as catalyst in the Michael addition of diethyl acetamidomalonate to trans-β-nitrostyrene under phase transfer catalytic conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-68
Number of pages8
JournalCarbohydrate Research
Publication statusPublished - Jan 10 2013



  • Anhydro sugars
  • Asymmetric Michael addition
  • Enantioselectivity
  • Sugar-based chiral crown ethers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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