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Communication | Special issue | Vol 76, No. 2, 2008, pp.1049-1055
Published online, 19th June, 2008
DOI: 10.3987/COM-08-S(N)105
Asymmetric Epoxidation of α,β-Unsaturated Ketones with Hydrogen Peroxide Catalyzed by Axially Chiral Guanidine Base

Masahiro Terada* and Megumi Nakano

*Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8578, Japan


The enantioselective epoxidation of α,β-unsaturated ketones with hydrogen peroxide was demonstrated using axially chiral guanidine as a base catalyst. Hydrogen peroxide can be utilized as a cost-effective and atom-efficient oxidant in the present catalytic epoxidation even under heterogeneous conditions. The newly developed axially chiral guanidine base bearing an additional central chirality functions as an efficient catalyst to provide epoxides in 51-65% ee.