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Isolation of enantiomers via diastereomer crystallisation

Anandamanoharan, P.; (2010) Isolation of enantiomers via diastereomer crystallisation. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Enantiomer separation remains an important technique for obtaining optically active materials. Even though the enantiomers have identical physical properties, the difference in their biological activities make it important to separate them, in order to use single enantiomer products in the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries. In this project, the separations of three pairs of diastereomer salts (Fig1) by crystallisation are studied, as examples of the ‘classical’ resolution of enantiomers via conversion to diastereomers. The lattice energies of these diastereomer compounds are calculated computationally (based on realistic potentials for the dominant electrostatic interactions and ab initio conformational energies). Then the experimental data are compared with the theoretical data to study the efficiency of the resolving agent. All three fractional crystallisations occurred relatively slowly, and appeared to be thermodynamically controlled. Separabilities by crystallisation have been compared with measured phase equilibrium data for the three systems studied. All crystallisations appear to be consistent with ternary phase diagrams. In the case of R = CH3, where the salt-solvent ternaries exhibited eutonic behaviour, the direction of isomeric enrichment changed abruptly on passing through the eutonic composition. In another example, R = OH, the ternaries indicated near-ideal solubility behaviour of the salt mixtures, and the separation by crystallisation again corresponded. Further, new polymorphic structures and generally better structure predictions have been obtained through out this study. In the case of R = CH3, an improved structure of the p-salt has been determined. In the case of R = C2H5, new polymorphic forms of the n-salts, II and III, have been both discovered and predicted. This work also demonstrates that chemically related organic molecules can exhibit different patterns of the relative energies of the theoretical low energy crystal structures, along with differences in the experimental polymorphic behaviour. This joint experimental and computational investigation provides a stringent test of the reliability of lattice modelling to explain the origins of chiral resolution via diastereomer formation. All the experimental and computational works investigated in this thesis are published (see APPENDIX 1).

Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Title:Isolation of enantiomers via diastereomer crystallisation
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language:English
Additional information:For figure contained in abstract please see the attached PDF. Appendix 1 pp. 161-185 contains published papers and is not included here for copyright reasons.
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Chemical Engineering

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