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Keywords:

  • asymmetric epoxidation;
  • iron;
  • manganese;
  • N4 ligand;
  • olefin

Abstract

The manganese and iron complexes with the tetradentate N ligand (1R,2R)-N,N'-dimethyl-N,N'-bis(1-methyl-2-benzimidazolylmethyl)cyclohexane-1,2-diamine have been synthesized and characterized. The crystal structure of the manganese complex demonstrates a cis-α configuration. Both the manganese and iron complexes are active catalysts for the asymmetric epoxidation of olefins with H2O2 as an oxidant and acetic acid as an additive. Up to 96 % ee was observed for the epoxidation of α,β-unsaturated ketones at −20 °C.