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Asymmetric Epoxidation of Unsaturated Ketones Catalyzed by Heterobimetallic Rare Earth-Lithium Complexes Bearing Phenoxy-Functionalized Chiral Diphenylprolinolate Ligand

Qinqin Qian, Yufang Tan, Bei Zhao*, Tao Feng, Qi Shen and Yingming Yao*

*College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Dushu Lake Campus, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China, Email:,

Q. Qian, Y. Tan, B. Zhao, T. Feng, Q. Shen, Y. Yao, Org. Lett., 2014, 16, 4516-4519.

DOI: 10.1021/ol5020398  (free Supporting Information)


Heterobimetallic complexes stabilized by chiral phenoxy-functionalized prolinolate are highly active in catalyzing the epoxidation of α,β-unsaturated ketones, while the enantioselectivity varies according to the ionic radii of the rare earth center. A series of chalcone derivatives were converted to chiral epoxides in good ee at 0C using TBHP as the oxidant.

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Key Words

epoxidation, TBHP

ID: J54-Y2014