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Keywords:

  • carbene ligands;
  • hydrogenation;
  • iridium;
  • olefins;
  • P ligands

Abstract

This account discusses the progress made in the asymmetric hydrogenation of minimally functionalised terminal olefins as a new, alternative, sustainable and direct strategy for preparing enantioenriched hydrocarbons. It discusses the latest development in catalyst design, from the initial discovery of lanthanide catalytic precursors, through the use of transition-metal/diphosphine–iminophosphorane precursors, to the successful iridium/P,N catalytic systems.