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Asymmetric Aminolytic Kinetic Resolution of Racemic Epoxides Using Recyclable Chiral Polymeric Co(III)-Salen Complexes: A Protocol for Total Utilization of Racemic Epoxide in the Synthesis of (R)‑Naftopidil and (S)‑Propranolol

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posted on 18.02.2016, 20:42 by Manish Kumar, Rukhsana I. Kureshy, Arpan K. Shah, Anjan Das, Noor-ul H. Khan, Sayed H. R. Abdi, Hari C. Bajaj
Chiral polymeric Co­(III) salen complexes with chiral ((R)/(S)-BINOL, diethyl tartrate) and achiral (piperazine and trigol) linkers with varying stereogenic centers were synthesized for the first time and used as catalysts for aminolytic kinetic resolution (AKR) of a variety of terminal epoxides and glycidyl ethers to get enantio-pure epoxides (ee, 99%) and N-protected β-amino alcohols (ee, 99%) with quantitative yield in 16 h at RT under optimized reaction conditions. This protocol was also used for the synthesis of two enantiomerically pure drug molecules (R)-Naftopidil (α1-blocker) and (S)-Propranolol (β-blocker) as a key step via AKR of single racemic naphthylglycidyl ether with Boc-protected isoproylamine with 100% epoxide utilization at 1 g level. The catalyst 1 was successfully recycled for a number of times.