Development of enantioselective reactions using novel chiral rare earth metal complex catalysts

Hiroshi Furuno, Satoaki Onitsuka, Junji Inanaga

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Some chiral rare earth metal complexes were prepared and used as efficient catalysts for various enantioselective reactions. Rare earth organophosphates effectively catalyzed the hetero-Diels-Alder reaction (up to 99% ee), the Michael addition of nitrogen-nucleophiles (up to 99% ee), and the electrophilic fluorination of β-keto esters (up to 88% ee). Epoxidation of conjugated enones using chiral lanthanum complexes prepared in situ from lanthanum triisopropoxide, (R)-BINOL, triarylphosphine oxide, and alkyl hydroperoxide, afforded the desired products in excellent chemical yields and enantioselectivities (up to >99% ee). Also, chiral and porous polymeric lanthanum complex (particle size: 50-200 nm) prepared by the self-organization of lanthanum ion, a chiral ligand containing two or three (R)-BINOL units linked with multi-ways spacer, and an achiral ligand, was found to work as an excellent reusable heterogeneous catalyst for the enantioselective epoxidation (99% ee in the third run using the recovered catalyst). The catalyst system could also be successfully applied to the flow reaction. Remarkably large positive nonlinear effects (asymmetric amplification) were observed in these reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)977-987
Number of pages11
JournalYuki Gosei Kagaku Kyokaishi/Journal of Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2007


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  • Organic Chemistry

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