Metathesis for catalyst design: metacatalysis Academic Article uri icon


  • Prior studies have shown an effective way to produce diverse ligand sets for catalyst discovery is by using mixtures of monodentate forms to generate catalysts in situ. Research described here was performed to illustrate that alkene-functionalized monodentate ligands could be used in this way and in another that increases the diversity of the ligand library in an interesting way. Specifically, we hypothesized that as well as being used as monomers, these alkenes could be cross metathesized in situ immediately before the catalysis step. This combination of metathesis to form ligands in situ, then catalysis is referred to here as metacatalysis. In the event, a library of quinidine and quinine alkaloid-derived phosphites were tested as mixtures of monomers and dimers formed via metathesis in situ. The data obtained illustrated that metacatalysis can be used to identify ligands that positively and negatively modulate enantioselectivities in iridium-mediated hydrogenations of ,-unsaturated carboxylic acid derivatives, relative to the mixtures of the monomeric forms used. 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Khumsubdee, S., & Burgess, K.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Khumsubdee, Sakunchai||Burgess, Kevin

publication date

  • February 2014