When Bigger Is Better: Intermolecular Hydrofunctionalizations of Activated Alkenes Catalyzed by Heteroleptic Alkaline Earth Complexes


  • Financial support by the European Research Council (grant FP7-People-2010-IIF, ChemCatSusDe) is gratefully acknowledged.


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New alkaline-earth amido complexes catalyze the regioselective intermolecular hydroamination (see scheme; Ae=alkaline earth) and hydrophosphination of styrene and isoprene with unprecedented activities. The catalytic performances increased linearly with the size of the metal.