Catalytic enantioselective oxidation of aromatic hydrocarbons with D4-symmetric chiral ruthenium porphyrin catalysts

Rui Zhang, Wing Yiu Yu, Chi Ming Che

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The [RuII(D4-Por*)(CO)(MeOH)] (D4-H2Por* = tetrakis[(1S,4R,5R,8S)-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8- octahydro-1,4:5,8-dimethanoanthracen-9-yl]porphyrin) complex 1 is an effective catalyst for asymmetric hydroxylation of aromatic hydrocarbons with 2,6-dichloropyridine N-oxide (Cl2pyNO) as terminal oxidant. Up to 76% ee was achieved for the catalytic hydroxylation of 4-ethyltoluene, 1,1-diethylindan and benzylcyclopropane. Both electron-donating and -withdrawing substituents were found to accelerate the catalytic oxidation reaction, and a large primary H/D kinetic isotope effect (kH/kD= 11 at 298 K) was observed for the catalytic ethylbenzene-d10oxidation. A mechanism involving rate-limiting hydrogen atom abstraction by reactive oxoruthenium species is postulated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3520-3526
Number of pages7
JournalTetrahedron Asymmetry
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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