Revisiting the Juliá–Colonna enantioselective epoxidation: supramolecular catalysis in water
We describe an efficient epoxidation process leading to chiral epoxyketones using the reusable homo-oligopeptide poly-L-leucine (PLL) in pure water, without any organic co-solvent. A range of substituted epoxyketones can be accessed with good conversions and high enantioselectivities. Based on the experimental results and computational studies, we propose a mechanism that demonstrates the importance of both the α-helical structure and the presence of a hydrophobic groove of the homo-oligopeptide catalyst for reactivity and selectivity.
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