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Issue 41, 2007
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Developments in asymmetric catalysis by metal complexes of chiral chelating nitrogen-donor ligands

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Abstract

In part because of their straightforward and modular syntheses from readily available enantiopure starting materials, and their capacity to bind a wide variety of transition metals, chiral, chelating nitrogen-donor ligands have played a prominent role in asymmetric catalysis. A large number of highly enantioselective transformations rely upon these ligands whose reported classes are built around amine, imine, pyrrole, pyrrolidine, oxazoline and oxazolidine donor groups, among others. In this Perspective, we examine a selection of transformative developments in asymmetric catalysis by metal complexes of bi- and polydentate members of this ligand family. We describe approaches to ligand design and synthesis, structure and bonding in coordination complexes, and limitations and future challenges.

Graphical abstract: Developments in asymmetric catalysis by metal complexes of chiral chelating nitrogen-donor ligands

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The article was received on 19 Jun 2007, accepted on 20 Aug 2007 and first published on 25 Sep 2007


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/B709283K
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2007, 4627-4640
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    Developments in asymmetric catalysis by metal complexes of chiral chelating nitrogen-donor ligands

    C. A. Caputo and N. D. Jones, Dalton Trans., 2007, 4627
    DOI: 10.1039/B709283K

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