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Communication | Regular issue | Vol 65, No. 4, 2005, pp.761-765
Published online, 25th February, 2005
DOI: 10.3987/COM-05-10347
Asymmetric Synthesis of Homoisoflavanone Using Lipase-catalyzed Reaction

Masashi Kawasaki,* Naoki Toyooka, Yoshinori Matsui, Akira Tanaka, Michimasa Goto, Hiroko Kakuda, Shigeki Kawabata, and Tadashi Kometani

*Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Toyama Prefectural University, 5180 Kurokawa, Kosugi-Machi, Toyama-Ken 939-0398, Japan


The (R)- and (S)-enantiomers of 3-benzyl-4-chromanone (homoisoflavanone) were synthesized starting with the optically active 2-benzyl-1,3-propanediol monoacetates, which were obtained via the lipase-catalyzed enantioselective reaction.