Enantioselective synthesis of 3-methylisochromans and determination of their absolute configurations by circular dichroism

Gábor Kerti, Tibor Kurtán, Tünde Zita Illyés, Katalin E. Köver, Sándor Sólyom, Gennaro Pescitelli, Naoko Fujioka, Nina Berova, Sándor Antus

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Seven (S)-3-methylisochromans with different substitution patterns on their aromatic rings, and hence with different directions of their sum electric transition moments, were synthesized by ring-closure of optically active (S)-1-arylpropan-2-ol derivatives. The (S)-1-arylpropan-2-ols were obtained by kinetic resolution and their absolute configurations were determined with the aid of a zinc porphyrin tweezer and by Mosher's method. A systematic CD study of substituted isochroman derivatives revealed that, unlike in the cases of chiral tetralin and 2,3-dihydrobenzo[b]furan chromophores, the presence of achiral substituents of large spectroscopic moment (e.g., OMe) on the aromatic ring does not change the helicity rule of the "unsubstituted" isochroman chromophore: (P)/(M) helicity of the isochromen heteroring resulted in positive/negative 1Lb band Cotton effects (CE) regardless of the nature(s) and position(s) of the substituent(s). (S)-3-Methylisochromans were oxidized at C-1, allowing access to the corresponding dihydroisocoumarins, in which positive CE of the n→-π* transitions were correlated with (P) helicity and (S) absolute configuration. On DDQ-assisted oxidation, two trans-1-methoxy-3-methylisochrornan derivatives were prepared and used to study the effect of the axial benzylic C-1 methoxy group on the conformation of the heteroring and the 1Lb band CE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-305
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - jan. 30 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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