A catalytic chiral gel microfluidic reactor assembled via dynamic covalent chemistry†
A novel dynamic covalent gel strategy is reported to immobilize an asymmetric catalyst within the channels of a microfluidic flow reactor. A layer of a catalytically active Mn–salen dynamic covalent imine gel matrix was coated onto a functionalized capillary. Mn–salen active moiety was incorporated into dynamic covalent imine gel matrix via the reaction of a chiral Mn–salen dialdehyde unit with a tetraamine linker. The catalytic activity of the capillary reactor has been demonstrated in enantioselective kinetic resolution of secondary alcohols.