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J Am Chem Soc. 2008 Oct 8;130(40):13208-9. doi: 10.1021/ja8050958. Epub 2008 Sep 11.

Asymmetric hydrogenation of cyclic imines with an ionic Cp*Rh(III) catalyst.

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Department of Chemistry, Liverpool Centre for Materials and Catalysis, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZD, UK.

Abstract

When associated with a noncoordinating bulky counteranion, a cationic Cp*Rh(III)-diamine catalyst displayed excellent enantioselectivities in asymmetric hydrogenation of cyclic imines, affording bioactive tetrahydroisoquinolines and tetrahydro-beta-carbolines frequently with 99% ee's.

PMID:
18783215
DOI:
10.1021/ja8050958
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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