The present study investigates a synthetically simple ferrocene derivatization of natural products and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Seven new crystal structures are analyzed together with 16 structures of ferrocene derivatives reported previously. In all cases, the unambiguous determination of the absolute structure was established from anomalous dispersion using the methods of Flack and Parsons. A comparison with other derivatization approaches shows the advantage of the described ferrocene derivatization for establishing the absolute configuration of novel compounds.
Ferrocene derivatives of liquid chiral molecules allow assignment of absolute configuration by X-ray crystallography
Tetrahedron: Asymmetry 2017, 28 (10), 1321-1329, DOI: 10.1016/j.tetasy.2017.09.002.