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Scope and Mechanism of the Intermolecular Addition of Aromatic Aldehydes to Olefins Catalyzed by Rh(I) Olefin Complexes

Amy H. Roy, Christian P. Lenges and Maurice Brookhart*

*Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-3290, Email:

A. H. Roy, C. P. Lenges, M. Brookhart, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 2082-2093.

DOI: 10.1021/ja066509x


Rhodium (I) bis-olefin complexes catalyzes the addition of electron-rich aromatic aldehydes to olefins to form ketones. Use of a more electron-deficient Rhodium catalyst results in faster reaction rates, better selectivity for linear ketone products and broader reaction scope.

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ID: J48-Y2007-0590