Rational approaches to successful lipase-catalyzed kinetic resolutions of very bulky chiral compounds are briefly reviewed: substrate design and high-temperature biocatalysis. The molecular design based on a stereo-sensing mechanism was the key to the success in the kinetic resolution of 5-[4-(1-hydroxyethyl)phenyl]-10,15,20-triphenylporphyrin. The lipase-catalyzed transesterification of 1,1-diphenyl-2-propanol in n-decane proceeded with excellent enantioselectivity at high temperatures up to 120°C in an autoclave.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry