Asymmetric hydrogenation of ketones with ruthenium complexes of rac- and enantiopure (S,S)-1,2-bis((diphenylphosphino)methyl)cyclohexane: A comparative study with rac- and (R)-BINAP

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  • Ruthenium(II) complexes of the type trans-[RuCl2-{1,2- bis((diphenylphosphino)methyl)cyclohexane}(diamine)]based on the inexpensive and easy-to-prepare rac- and (S,S)-1,2-bis-((diphenylphosphino)methyl) cyclohexaneform highly active and enantioselective catalysts for the asymmetric hydrogenation of a wide range of aryl and heteroaryl ketones, in most cases giving ee's that exceed those obtained with their BINAP counterparts. Although precatalysts based on 1,2-bis((diphenylphosphino)-methyl)cyclohexane slowly isomerize in solution to afford the thermodynamically favored isomer with a cis arrangement of chlorides, catalysts generated from both isomers afford similar enantioselectivities. © 2007 American Chemical Society.
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  • Organometallics  Journal
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  • Doherty S; Knight JG; Bell AL; Harrington RW; Clegg W
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  • 2465
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  • 2468
  • Volume

  • 26
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  • 9