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Enantioselective hydrogenation of ketopantolactone

Published inCuihua xuebao, vol. 169, no. 1, p. 275-286
Publication date1997

The enantioselective hydrogenation of ketopantolactone toR-(−)-pantolactone was investigated on 5 wt% Pt/Al2O3chirally modified with cinchonidine. The influence of catalyst pretreatment conditions, hydrogen pressure, temperature, solvent polarity, and catalyst, reactant, and modifier concentrations was studied in a slurry reactor. An enantiomeric excess (ee) of 79% at full conversion was achieved in toluene after optimization of pressure, temperature, and amount of modifier. Good ee could be obtained only after rigorous removal of traces of oxygen and water during catalyst pretreatment and from the hydrogenation reaction mixture. Molecular modeling studies (performed using molecular mechanics, semiempirical, andab initiomethods) provided a feasible structure for the diastereomeric transition complex formed between cinchonidine and ketopantolactone and an explanation for the observed enantiodifferentiation in apolar medium. The calculations indicate that formation of the complex affordingR-(−)-pantolactone is energetically favored with cinchonidine, whereas the near enantiomer cinchonine favorsS-pantolactone, in agreement with experimental observations. Interestingly, in apolar solvents, where the alkaloid modifier is not protonated, the modeling suggests similar structures for the diastereomeric transition complexes for the hydrogenation of ketopantolactone and methyl pyruvate.

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SCHÜRCH, Markus et al. Enantioselective hydrogenation of ketopantolactone. In: Cuihua xuebao, 1997, vol. 169, n° 1, p. 275–286. doi: 10.1006/jcat.1997.1674
ISSN of the journal0253-9837

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