Cobalt and iron complexes of chiral C1- and C2-terpyridines: Synthesis, characterization and use in catalytic asymmetric cyclopropanation of styrenes

Chi Tung Yeung, Kiu Chor Sham, Wing Sze Lee, Wing Tak Wong, Wai Yeung Wong, Hoi Lun Kwong

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Optically pure C1- and C2-terpyridine ligands (L) form cobalt(II) and iron(II) complexes of formula [Co(L)Cl2] and [Fe(L)Cl2], respectively, and Iron(III) complexes of formulas [Fe(L)Cl3]. Structures of three new chiral cobalt(II) and one iron(III) complexes were analysed using X-ray crystal structure analysis. These complexes were shown to be precursor of efficient catalyst for cyclopropanation. Reaction with AgOTf converted the complex to active catalyst, which gave enantioselectivities of up to 76% ee for the trans-isomers and 83% ee for the cis-isomers of styrene cyclopropanes with ethyl diazoacetate. Hammett studies showed the active species for both cobalt and iron complexes to have a non-linear relationship to σpconstant.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3267-3273
Number of pages7
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Asymmetric catalysis
  • Chiral terpyridine
  • Cobalt
  • Cyclopropanation
  • Iron

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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