Optically pure (IR,2R)- and (1S,2S)-1,2-bis(pentafluorophenyl)ethane- 1,2-diol (1) were synthesized from key intermediates (R)- and (S)-2-hydroxy- 2-(pentafluorophenyl)acetonitrile (2), both of which were prepared by the lipase LIP-catalyzed transesterification (E - 465). The absolute configuration of (S)-2 was determined by X-ray structural analysis after transformation into (S)-a-cyano-2,3,4,5,6-pentafluorobenzyl (S)-6-methoxy-a- methyl-2-naphthaleneacetate (S,S)-9. In addition, the crystal structure of (S,S)-9 has an interesting well-ordered packing pattern which shows face-to- face stacking interactions and end-to-end parallel contacts between the pentafluorophenyl and 6-methoxynaphthyl groups of the adjacent molecules.
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- Organic Chemistry