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Mechanistic Studies of a Reaction Promoted by the [YLi3{tris(binaphthoxide)}] Complex: Are Three 1,1′-Bi-2-naphthol Units in a Rare-Earth–Alkali-Metal Heterobimetallic Complex Necessary?


  • This work was partially supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Specially Promoted Research and a Grant-in-Aid for Encouragement for Young Scientists (B) (for S.M.) from the JSPS and MEXT.


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The power of three: Mechanistic studies based on the kinetic profiles of the catalytic asymmetric 1,4-addition of an amine to chalcone revealed that all three binol ligands of the [YLi3{tris(binaphthoxide)}] complex 1 are involved in the active species of the Y–Li heterobimetallic catalyst.

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