Enhanced activity of enantioselective (salen)Mn(III) epoxidation catalysts through supramolecular complexation

Gregory A. Morris, Son Binh T. Nguyen*, Joseph T. Hupp

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(Salen)Mn(III) catalysts show increased turnover numbers in the catalytic asymmetric epoxidation of conjugated olefins upon addition of bulky Lewis acids (LA) such as zinc tetraphenylporphyrin (ZnTPP). Up to 3-fold increase in total catalytic activity and at least a 20-fold increase in catalyst stability was observed with a (salen)Mn catalyst bearing pendant 5,5′-bis-pyridyl groups. This latter enhancement is primarily attributed to formation of a coordination triad, which provides steric protection for the catalyst from bimolecular decomposition. Supramolecular complex formation enhanced the catalyst's stability without compromising its enantioselectivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Oct 1 2001


  • Asymmetric epoxidation
  • Catalytic epoxidation
  • Manganese
  • Salen
  • Supramolecular chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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