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Keywords:

  • iridium;
  • naphthols;
  • oxabenzonorbornadienes;
  • phenols;
  • ring opening
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Open up: An [Ir(COD)Cl]2/ (S)-NMDPP (COD=1,5-cyclooctadiene; NMDPP=neomenthyldiphenylphosphine) complex catalyzes asymmetric ring-opening reactions of oxabenzonorbornadienes with phenolic or naphtholic nucleophiles efficiently. Up to 96 % yield and 88 % ee was achieved. DMF=N,N-dimethylformamide.