(Salen)Mn(III) catalysts show increased turnover numbers in the catalytic asymmetric epoxidation of conjugated olefins upon addition of bulky Lewis acids (LA) such as zinc tetraphenylporphyrin (ZnTPP). Up to 3-fold increase in total catalytic activity and at least a 20-fold increase in catalyst stability was observed with a (salen)Mn catalyst bearing pendant 5,5′-bis-pyridyl groups. This latter enhancement is primarily attributed to formation of a coordination triad, which provides steric protection for the catalyst from bimolecular decomposition. Supramolecular complex formation enhanced the catalyst's stability without compromising its enantioselectivity.
- Asymmetric epoxidation
- Catalytic epoxidation
- Supramolecular chemistry
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Process Chemistry and Technology
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry