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Bis(imino)pyridine iron complexes for catalytic carbene transfer reactions

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The bis(imino)pyridine iron complex, for the first time, is developed as an effective metal carbene catalyst for carbene transfer reactions of donor–acceptor diazo compounds. Its broad catalytic capability is demonstrated by a range of metal carbene reactions, from cyclopropanation, cyclopropenation, epoxidation, and Doyle–Kirmse reaction to O–H insertion, N–H insertion, and C–H insertion reactions. The asymmetric cyclopropanation of styrene and methyl phenyldiazoacetate was successfully achieved by the new chiral bis(imino)pyridine iron catalyst, which delivers a new gateway for the development of chiral iron catalysis for metal carbene reactions.

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The article was received on 06 May 2019, accepted on 02 Jul 2019 and first published on 02 Jul 2019


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C9SC02189B
Chem. Sci., 2019, Advance Article
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    Bis(imino)pyridine iron complexes for catalytic carbene transfer reactions

    B. Wang, I. G. Howard, J. W. Pope, E. D. Conte and Y. Deng, Chem. Sci., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9SC02189B

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