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Keywords:

  • epoxides;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • immobilization;
  • kinetic resolution;
  • polymers

Abstract

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Bisalen—very cooperative: A novel styryl-substituted, unsymmetrical bisalen is shown to be a versatile precursor to both soluble and insoluble cooperative catalysts for the hydrolytic kinetic resolution of epoxides. The unique bisalen motif ensures all catalysts derived from it have the necessary molecular-level ligand pairing needed for cooperative bimetallic catalytic reactions (see scheme).