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Epoxidation of C-branched glycals: unexpected stereochemical results and their theoretical rationale
This paper describes the synthesis of C-3 methyl-branched glycosides by epoxidation of partially unblocked L-configured glycals. The stereochemical result depends on the orientation of the allylic hydroxyl group. A theoretical explanation is presented, based on the conformational preferences of the respective glycal half-chair conformations that were estimated by applying the BP density functional and a valence triple-zeta basis set.