Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1988, 53, 2654-2663

Cooperative effect of NH bond orientation and triamine six-membered chelate ring rigidity in stereospecific formation of exo-((1,6-diamine-3-azahexane)-(S)-aspartato)cobalt(III) isomers

František Jursík and Jana Ondráčková

Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Prague Institute of Chemical Technology, 166 28 Prague 6


Of the six isomers possible, only exo-sym-fac(S), exo-unsym1-fac(S) and exo-Δ-unsym2-fac(R)-[Co(1,6-dah)(S)-Asp]+ (1,6-dah = 1,6-diamine-3-azahexane) isomers were prepared and characterized by electronic absorption and circular dichroism spectra. Isomers formation is stereospecific due to the linear triamine NH bond orientation which causes that of the three sites in mer(R or S)-[Co(1,6-dah)(H2O)3]3+ intermediates, only two are available for initial coordination of aspartic acid as bidentate ligand. In addition to this, 1,6-dah six-membered chelate ring precludes the necessary movement of the five-membered chelate ring backbone so that the linear triamine isomerization is stereospecific. Any merfac intramolecular rearrangement involves the six-membered chelate ring part of 1,6-dah. Stereospecificity is also controlled by the aspartic acid chirality.