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Synthesis of Enantiomerically Pure Lignin Dimer Models for Catalytic Selectivity Studies

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posted on 2015-02-06, 00:00 authored by Costyl N. Njiojob, Jennifer L. Rhinehart, Joseph J. Bozell, Brian K. Long
A series of highly enantioselective transformations, such as the Sharpless asymmetric epoxidation and Jacobsen hydrolytic kinetic resolution, were utilized to achieve the complete stereoselective synthesis of β-O-4 lignin dimer models containing the S, G, and H subunits with excellent ee (>99%) and moderate to high yields. This unprecedented synthetic method can be exploited for enzymatic, microbial, and chemical investigations into lignin’s degradation and depolymerization as related to its stereochemical constitution. Preliminary degradation studies using enantiopure Co­(salen) catalysts are also reported.

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