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Chiral Iridium Catalysts Bearing Spiro Pyridine-Aminophosphine Ligands Enable Highly Efficient Asymmetric Hydrogenation of β-Aryl β-Ketoesters


  • We thank the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the National Basic Research Program of China (2010CB833300), and the “111” project (B06005) of the Ministry of Education of China for financial support.


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Tons of TONs: Chiral iridium catalysts bearing ligand 1 are highly efficient for the asymmetric hydrogenation of β-substituted β-ketoesters. The product β-hydroxyesters are delivered in high yield with excellent enantioselectivities and high turnover numbers (TONs). cod= 1,5-cyclooctadiene.

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