Chiral Recognition in Cyclic alpha-Hydroxy Carbonyl Compounds: A Theoretical Study
A theoretical study (DFT and MP2) of the self-association of homochiral (RR or SS) and heterochiral (RS or SR) dimers of three series of cyclic α-hydroxy-carbonyl derivatives has been carried out. The solvation effect on the parent derivative dimers has been explored, showing nonsignificant changes in the configurations preferred but altering in some cases the homo/heterochiral preference of the dimers. The results in the gas phase of the systems with different substituents show a preference for the heterochiral dimers. The energetic results have been analyzed with the NBO and AIM methodologies. Optical rotatory power calculations of the monomers and homochiral dimers show large variations of this parameter depending on the substituents and the complexation.