Enantiodivergent syntheses of (+)- and (−)-1-(2,6-dimethylphenoxy)propan-2-ol: A way to access (+)- and (−)-mexiletine from D-(+)-mannitol
Avrajit Manna, Sandip Chatterjee, Ipsita Chakraborty, Tanurima Bhaumik
Chiron approach was used to acquire optically pure (R)- and (S)-1-(2,6-dimethylphenoxy)propan-2-ol, immediate precursors of (S)- and (R)-mexiletines, respectively. Two different routes were followed from a D-mannitol-derived optically pure common precursor to get the enantiomeric alcohols separately. Comparison of their specific rotation values with the corresponding literature values as well as exact mirror-image relationship between their CD curves proved their high enantiopurity. These alcohols were then transformed to the corresponding amine-drugs in an efficient one-step process instead of two steps described in the literature.
Circular dichroism, Stereochemistry, Organic chemistry