Selector screening for enantioseparation of dl-α-methyl phenylglycine amide by liquid-liquid extraction

Boelo Schuur, Marek Blahusiak, C.R. Vitasari, M. Gramblicka, A.B. de Haan, T.J. Visser

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Enantioseparation through liquid extraction technology is an emerging field, e.g., enantioseparations of amino acids (and derivatives thereof), amino alcohols, amines, and carboxylic acids have been reported. Often, when a new selector is developed, the versatility of substrate scope is investigated. From an industrial point of view, the problem is typically approached the other way around, and for a target racemate, a selector needs to be found in order to accomplish the desired enantioseparation. This study presents such a screening approach for the separation of the enantiomers of dl-α-methyl phenylglycine amide (dl-α-MPGA), a model amide racemate with high industrial relevance. Chiral selectors that were reported for other classes of racemates were investigated, i.e., several macrocyclic selectors and Pd-BINAP complexes. It appeared very challenging to obtain both high extraction yields and good enantioselectivity for most selectors, but Pd-BINAP-based selectors performed well, with enantioselectivities up to 7.4 with an extraction yield of the desired enantiomer of 95.8%. These high enantioselectivities were obtained using dichloromethane as solvent. Using less volatile chlorobenzene or 1-chloropentane, reasonable selectivities of up to 1.7 were measured, making these the best alternative solvents for dichloromethane
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-130
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • METIS-311263
  • IR-97555


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