To examine the effects of confinement, or low-entropy environments, we employed the mesoporous silicate MCM-41 modified with optically active benzenetetracarboxylates as chiral reaction media to effect the enantiodifferentiating photoisomerization of (Z)-cyclooctene and (Z,Z)-1,5-cyclooctadiene. The ee of the (E)-isomer produced and its temperature dependence behavior in MCM-41 were completely different from those observed in homogeneous solutions. Immobilizing the sensitizer in MCM-41 reduced the contribution of the entropy factor.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry