Research on Chemical Intermediates

, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 1627–1645 | Cite as

Synthesis of alkyl α- and β-d-glucopyranoside-based chiral crown ethers and their application as enantioselective phase-transfer catalysts

  • Ádám Pálvölgyi
  • Zsolt Rapi
  • Olivér Ozohanics
  • Gábor Tóth
  • György Keglevich
  • Péter Bakó


Chiral monoaza-15-crown-5-type lariat ethers annelated to alkyl 4,6-O-benzylidene-α- and β-d-glucopyranosides have been synthesized. These macrocycles generated significant asymmetric induction as phase-transfer catalysts in a few two-phase reactions. The catalytic effect of the lariat ethers with methoxy, ethoxy, and i-propoxy substituents on C-1 of the sugar unit in both α and β positions was compared. In liquid–liquid two-phase reactions, the nature and position of the substituents did not have much effect. The α-anomers were somewhat more efficient in terms of enantioselectivity than the β forms. In asymmetric Darzens condensations, in the epoxidation of trans-chalcone, in the Michael addition of β-nitrostyrene and diethyl acetamidomalonate, and in the reaction of 2-benzylidene-1,3-indandione with diethyl bromomalonate, maximum enantioselectivities of 73, 94, 78, and 72%, respectively, were obtained in presence of glucopyranoside-based lariat ethers as catalysts.


Chiral crown ether Asymmetric reaction Phase-transfer catalysis 



This work was financially supported by the Hungarian Scientific Research Found (OTKA PD no. 112166).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Organic Chemistry and TechnologyBudapest University of Technology and EconomicsBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Institute of Organic ChemistryHungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary

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