Stereoselective Sulfoxidation Catalyzed by Achiral Schiff Base Complexes in the Presence of Serum Albumin in Aqueous Media
Four coordination complexes ML derived from an achiral Schiff base ligand (H2L = 2,2′-[(1,2-ethanediyl)bis(nitrilopropylidyne)]bisphenol) have been synthesized and characterized. A method is described for the enantioselective oxidation of a series of aryl alkyl sulfides using the coordination complexes in the presence of serum albumins (SAs) in an aqueous medium at ambient temperature. The mixture of metal complexes with serum albumins is useful for inducing asymmetric catalysis. The complex, albumin source and substrate influence stereoselective sulfoxidation. At optimal pH with the appropriate oxidant, some of ML/SA systems are identified as very efficient catalysts, giving the corresponding sulfoxides in excellent chemical yield (up to 100%) and good enantioselectivity (up to 94% ee) in certain cases. UV–visible spectroscopic data provide evidence that stronger binding between the complex and serum albumin lead to higher enantioselectivity.
Metal: CoHost protein: Bovine serum albumin (BSA)Anchoring strategy: UndefinedOptimization: ---Reaction: SulfoxidationMax TON: ~60ee: 59PDB: ---Notes: ---