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Acc Chem Res. 2000 Jun;33(6):363-72.

Modular phospholane ligands in asymmetric catalysis.

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Chirotech Technology Limited, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WE, UK.


This Account outlines the preparation and application of a class of phosphine ligands based upon the trans-2,5-disubstituted phospholane moiety. The modular nature of these ligands has allowed facile variation of both phospholane substituent and backbone structure, thus providing access to a series of ligands. Bidentate bis(phospholane) ligands have been found to be very useful in asymmetric catalytic hydrogenation reactions. In particular, we highlight the versatility of highly efficient bis(phospholane)rhodium catalysts that allow enantioselective hydrogenation to produce a diverse range of compounds containing C-N, C-O, and C-C stereogenic centers.

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