Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1987, 52, 1488-1493

Δ-Sym-cis and Δ-unsym-cis-carbonato-(2S,2'S)-2,2'-ethylene-bis(2-amino-3-methylbutanoato)cabaltate(III) isomers

František Jursíka and Samir Abdel-Moezb

a Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Prague Institute of Chemical Technology, 166 28 Prague 6, Czechoslovakia
b Chemistry Department, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt


The tetradentate ligand (2S,2'S)-2,2'-ethylene-bis(2-amino-3-methylbutanoato) (eddval) is coordinated in the [Co(eddval)CO3]- anion to give 88% of Δ-sym-cis and 12% of Δ-unsym-cis isomers. The stereospecific formation of the Δ-sym-cis isomer is explained by steric crowding in the Λ-sym-cis isomer. The predominance of the sym-cis isomer indicates that the synthesis is also influenced by kinetic effects. These are particularly pronounced in the case of the Δ-unsym-cis isomer which for steric reasons is thermodynamically less stable than the Λ-unsym-cis isomer. The secondary nitrogen atoms in the Δ-sym-cis isomer are of the R configuration whereas in the Δ-unsym-cis isomer they have configuration R and S. The absolute configuration of the isomers has been determined from their absorption, CD, 1H and 13C NMR spectra. Acid hydrolysis of Δ-sym-cis-[Co(eddval)CO3]- proceeds with retention of configuration to give the Δ-[Co(eddval)(H2O)2]+ isomer.