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An effective epoxidation of lipophilic alkenes using hydrogen peroxide was accomplished with a manganese sulfate/bicarbonate catalytic system in an ionic liquid at room temperature.
K.-H. Tong, K.-Y. Wong, T. H. Chan, Org. Lett., 2003, 5, 3423-3425.


The complex [MnII(R,R-mcp)(CF3SO3)2] is a very efficient and practical catalyst for the epoxidation of a wide scope of olefins including terminal, tertiary, cis and trans internal, enones, and methacrylates using peracetic acid as the terminal oxidant.
A. Murphy, G. Dubois, T. D. P. Stack, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2003, 125, 5250-5251.


An efficient epoxidation of a broad range of olefins using hydrogen peroxide as the oxidant has been accomplished in the presence of acetic acid and a manganese catalyst that exhibits an uncommon chemoselectivity.
I. Garcia-Bosch, X. Ribas, M. Costas, Adv. Synth. Catal., 2008, 351, 348-352.


A manganese catalyst containing a tetradentate ligand derived from triazacyclononane exhibits high catalytic activity in epoxidation reactions using peracetic acid as oxidant. The system exhibits broad substrate scope and is remarkably selective toward aliphatic cis-olefins. Mechanistic studies point toward an electrophilic oxidant delivering the oxygen atom in a concerted step.
I. Garcia-Bosch, A. Company, X. Fontrodona, X. Ribas, M. Costas, Org. Lett., 2008, 10, 2095-2098.


An epoxidation of alkenes using hydrogen peroxide as the terminal oxidant is promoted by catalytic amounts (1.0-0.1 mol %) of manganese(2+) salts, and must be performed using at least catalytic amounts of bicarbonate buffer. Various aryl-substituted, cyclic, and trialkyl-substituted alkenes were epoxidized under these conditions using 10 equiv of hydrogen peroxide, but monoalkyl-alkenes were not. Additives such as sodium acetate and salicylic acid enhanced the rate of the desired epoxidation reaction by 2-3 times. Possible mechanisms for the reaction are discussed.
B. S. Lane, M. Vogt, V. J. DeRosa, K. Burgess, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2002, 124, 11946-11954.


Enantioselective epoxidations of alkenes were achieved using a Shi-type carbohydrate-derived hydrate and Oxone. The chiral platform provided by the catalyst tolerates a wide range of substituents providing high yields and enantioselectivities. However, styrene derivatives were only converted with poor selectivities.
N. Nieto, I. J. Munslow, H. Fernández-Pérez, A. Vidal-Ferran, Synlett, 2008, 2856-2858.


Aryl benzyl selenoxides are efficient catalysts for the epoxidation of various olefinic substrates and the Baeyer-Villiger oxidation of aldehydes and ketones with hydrogen peroxide.
M. A. Goodman, M. R. Detty, Synlett, 2006, 1100-1104.


A new catalytic system for the asymmetric epoxidation of allylic alcohols has been developed featuring high enantioselectivity for Z olefins, catalyst loading of less than 1 mol%, reaction temperatures of 0°C to room temperature over a shorter time, use of aqueous tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) instead of anhydrous TBHP as an achiral oxidant, and simple workup procedures for small expoxy alcohols.
W. Zhang, A. Basak, Y. Kosugi, Y. Hoshino, H. Yamamoto, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2005, 44, 4389-4391.


Homoallylic alcohols were efficiently epoxidized to the corresponding 3,4-epoxy alcohols in excellent yields in the presence of methyltrioxorhenium (MTO) as catalyst, aqueous hydrogen peroxide as the terminal oxidant, and 3-methylpyrazole as an additive. Organic solvent-free conditions accelerate the reaction.
S. Yamazaki, J. Org. Chem., 2012, 77, 9884-9888.


Chiral bishydroxamic acid ligands provided good yields and high enantioselectivities in the vanadium-catalyzed asymmetric epoxidation of homoallylic alcohols.
W. Zhang, H. Yamamoto, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 286-287.


Use of a solvent with greater density than the fluorous phase is an alternative to the U-tube method in phase-vanishing reactions in cases where both reactants are less dense than the fluorous phase.
N. K. Jana, J. G. Verkade, Org. Lett., 2003, 5, 3787-3790.


N. K. Jana, J. G. Verkade, Org. Lett., 2003, 5, 3787-3790.


A highly chemo- and enantioselective epoxidation of conjugated cis-enynes using readily available glucose-derived ketones as catalysts and Oxone as oxidant forms cis-propargyl epoxides in high ee's.  The interaction between the alkyne substrate and the oxazolidinone moiety of the ketone catalyst are important for the stereodifferentiation.
C. P. Burke, Y. Shi, J. Org. Chem., 2007, 72, 4093-4097.


Highly enantio- and diastereoselective one-pot procedures for the synthesis of epoxy alcohols involve either asymmetric addition of an alkylzinc reagent to an enal or asymmetric vinylation of an aldehyde with divinylzinc reagents. Exposure of the reaction mixtures to dioxygen and addition of catalytic titanium tetraisopropoxide yields epoxy alcohols with good to excellent yields.
A. E. Lurain, A. Maestri, A. R. Kelli, P. J. Carroll, P. J. Walsh, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 126, 13608-13609.


A. E. Lurain, A. Maestri, A. R. Kelli, P. J. Carroll, P. J. Walsh, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 126, 13608-13609.


Chiral primary amine salts catalyze highly enantioselective epoxidations of cyclic enones with hydrogen peroxide.
X. Wang, C. M. Reisinger, B. List, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130, 6070-6071.


An asymmetric 1,2-addition of alkyl groups to conjugated cyclic enones gave allylic alcohols with chiral quaternary centers. The resultant allylic alcohols are converted into epoxy alcohols with excellent diastereoselectivities. A semipinacol rearrangement provided α,α-dialkyl-β-hydroxy ketones with all-carbon chiral quaternary centers.
S.-J. Jeon, P. J. Walsh, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2003, 125, 9544-9545.


The catalytic asymmetric addition of alkyl groups to ketones under highly concentrated and solvent-free conditions permits reduction in catalyst loading by a factor of 2- to 40-fold compared with standard reaction conditions employing toluene and hexanes. Using cyclic conjugated enones, solvent-free asymmetric addition followed by a diastereoselective epoxidation using 5.5 M decane solution of tert-butyl hydroperoxide generated epoxy alcohols.
S.-J. Jeon, H. Li, P. J. Walsh, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2005, 127, 16416-16425.


A chiral bisaryl-silyl-protected pyrrolidine acts as a very selective epoxidation organocatalyst using simple oxidation agents. The scope of the reaction is demonstrated by the formation of optically active α,β-epoxy aldehydes in high yields and enantioselectivities. The asymmetric epoxidation reactions proceed also under environmental friendly reaction conditions in, for example, water mixtures of alcohols.
M. Marigo, J. Franzen, T. B. Poulsen, W. Zhuang, K. A. Jorgensen, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2005, 127, 6284-6289.


A catalytic asymmetric epoxidation reaction of various α,β-unsaturated esters via a conjugate addition of an oxidant using an yttirium-chiral biphenyldiol catalyst yielded the corresponding α,β-epoxy esters in up to 97% yield and 99% ee.
H. Kakei, R. Tsuji, T. Ohshima, M. Shibasaki, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2005, 127, 8962-8963.


Promising, dual-functioning chiral catalysts for the highly enantioselective epoxidation of α,β-unsaturated ketones gave epoxy chalcones in excelllent yield and high enantioselectivity using 13% NaOCl as oxidizing agent in toluene under mild phase-transfer conditions.
T. Ooi, D. Ohara, M. Tamura, K. Maruoka, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 126, 6844-6845.


A highly enantioselective catalytic epoxidation of α,β-unsaturated diaryl enones was achieved with high chemical yield by using aqueous hydrogen peroxide in the presence of a guanidine-urea bifunctional organocatalyst. The catalyst performs cooperatively by interaction of the guanidine group with hydrogen peroxide and the urea group with the enone or vice versa.
S. Tanaka, K. Nagasawa Synlett, 2009, 667-670.


The epoxidation of trans-chalcones proceeds under mild conditions at room temperature in alkaline solution to afford the corresponding epoxides in excellent yields using trans-3,5-dihydroperoxy-3,5-dimethyl-1,2-dioxolane as an efficient oxygen source.
D. Azarifar, K. Khosravi, Synlett, 2010, 2755-2758.


A new and efficient chiral catalyst system, lanthanum-chiral BINOL-tris(4-fluorophenyl)phosphine oxide-cumene hydroperoxide, was developed for the epoxidation of α,β-unsaturated ketones, thus providing the corresponding epoxy ketones with excellent enantioselectivities (up to >99% ee) in good to excellent yields at room temperature.
R. Kino, K. Daikai, T. Kawanami, H. Furuno, J. Inanaga, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2004, 2, 1822-1824.


1-Trifluoroboratoalkenes are oxidized by dioxirane, providing air-stable, crystalline oxiranyltrifluoroborates without cleavage of the carbon-boron bond. The first Suzuki-Miyaura coupling of an epoxytrifluoroborate has been accomplished.
G. A. Molander, M. Ribagorda, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2003, 125, 11148-11149.