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Chem Soc Rev. 2004 Sep 10;33(7):410-21. Epub 2004 Aug 13.

Metal-Salen Schiff base complexes in catalysis: practical aspects.

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  • 1Dipartimento di Chimica "G. Ciamician", Vial Selmi 2, 40126 Bologna, Italy.


Schiff base ligands are considered "privileged ligands" because they are easily prepared by the condensation between aldehydes and imines. Stereogenic centres or other elements of chirality (planes, axes) can be introduced in the synthetic design. Schiff base ligands are able to coordinate many different metals, and to stabilize them in various oxidation states, enabling the use of Schiff base metal complexes for a large variety of useful catalytic transformations. Practical guidelines for the preparation and use of different Schiff base metal complexes in the field of catalytic transformations are discussed in this tutorial review.

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