Diastereomeric Control in the Formation of Carbon-Cobalt Bonds in Organocobalt Corrinoids: Reactions of Cobalt(II) Corrinoids with Organic Hydroperoxides(1)

Inorganic Chemistry
Kenneth L. BrownXiang Zou


1,1-Dimethylpropyl hydroperoxide reacts with cobalt(II) cobinamide via a Fenton-like reaction to produce a mixture of the diastereomeric alpha- and beta-ethylcobinamides (CH(3)CH(2)Cbi(+)'s, in which the organic ligand is in the "lower" or "upper" axial ligand position, respectively), the composition of which depends on the ratio of starting materials. When the hydroperoxide reagent is in excess, <2% of the CH(3)CH(2)Cbi(+) product is the alpha diastereomer, a product distribution which agrees with previous observations of the equilibrium mixture. This distribution apparently arises because the previously demonstrated CH(3)CH(2)(*)-promoted isomerization of CH(3)CH(2)Cbi(+) diastereomers leads to equilibration. However, when cob(II)inamide is in excess over hydroperoxide, the CH(3)CH(2)Cbi(+) product contains 87% alpha diastereomer and 13% beta diastereomer. Evidently, under these conditions, trapping of the CH(3)CH(2)(*) radical is sufficiently rapid to prevent the radical-induced isomerization of diastereomers and a kinetically controlled product distribution results. This condition has been used to study the relative energetics of kinetically controlled alpha and beta alkylation of cob(II)inamide by CH(3)CH(2)(*). For cob(II...Continue Reading


Mar 18, 2009·Dalton Transactions : an International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry·Basam M AlzoubiRudi van Eldik

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