Schiff bases derived from (1R,2R)-1,2-diaminocyclohexane and 1 eq. of salycylic (or substituted salycylic) aldehyde form stereochemically inert positively charged chiral octahedral Co (iii) complexes of Delta-configuration with the stereoselectivity approaching 100%. To evaluate the calatylic activity and stereoinduction of the resulting complexes with various counteranions in the outer sphere, a model reaction of trimethylsilyl cyanide addition to benzaldehyde was used. O-trimethylsilylmandelonitrile formed in the process had an enantiomeric purity up to 27%. Complexes with F- counterion showed high catalytic activity.
- asymmetric catalysis
- metal complex catalysis
- reaction of the trimethylsilyl-cyanation of aldehydes