Asymmetric epoxidation catalyzed by D-glucose-derived uloses

Tony K.M. Shing, Gulice Y.C. Leung

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Three ulose catalysts (1-3) were prepared from D-glucose via an intramolecular nitrile oxide cycloaddition (INOC) as the key step. The enantioselectivity of ulose 2 and 3 in asymmetric epoxidation was poor (up to 26% ee). Ulose 1 afforded good chemical yields (up to 83% yield) and the enantiomeric excess is up to 71% for the formation of (-)-trans-stilbene oxide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7545-7552
Number of pages8
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Sept 9


  • Asymmetric epoxidation
  • D-glucose
  • Ulose

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry


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