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Issue 28, 2011
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Asymmetric hydrogenation of alkenes lacking coordinating groups

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Abstract

Asymmetric hydrogenation of olefins is one of the most important reactions for the synthesis of optically active compounds, especially in industry. Chiral iridium catalysts based on P,N ligands have strongly expanded their application range. In contrast to rhodium and ruthenium diphosphine complexes they do not require the presence of a coordinating group near the C[double bond, length as m-dash]C bond and, therefore, allow highly enantioselective hydrogenations of largely unfunctionalized alkenes.

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Submitted
11 Mar 2011
Accepted
12 Apr 2011
First published
10 May 2011

Chem. Commun., 2011,47, 7912-7916
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Asymmetric hydrogenation of alkenes lacking coordinating groups

D. H. Woodmansee and A. Pfaltz, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 7912
DOI: 10.1039/C1CC11430A

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