The aldol reaction which is the most important one among the C-C bond forming reactions,
is widely used by synthetic organic chemists to obtain β-hydroxycarbonyl compounds which are important
starting components for biologically active compounds in optically pure form. In this research,
five Pro-Phe derivatives were synthesized by simple amidation reactions and characterized by their
spectral data. Their catalytic activities in asymmetric aldol reaction were investigated. The catalytic
activity studies were performed with aliphatic ketones and various aromatic aldehydes. Especially, (S)-
methyl 3-mercapto-2-((S)-3-phenyl-2-((S)-pyrrolidine-2-carboxamido)propanamido)propanoate showed
good catalytic activities in water at 0oC in the presence of p-nitrobenzoic acid cocatalyst. The enantioselectivities
were up to 90.4%, the diastereomeric ratios were up to 97/3 and yields were 99%. The
results showed that these organocatalysts were promising organocatalysts for aldol reaction. Besides,
this catalyst showed its best catalytic activities in water which is also an important contribution to
green chemistry requirements.
Keywords: Pro-Phe derivatives, Aldol reaction, Organocatalysis, Asymmetric synthesis, Proline, Water solvent.
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