Hongwei Shi, Xiangui Huang, Guixia Liu, Kunqian Yu, Congying Xu, Weihua Li, Bubing Zeng and Yun Tang The role of benzoic acid in proline-catalyzed asymmetric michael addition: A density functional theory study International Journal of Quantum Chemistry 113
Asymmetric Michael addition reactions, catalyzed by proline, yield only a trace amount of the desired product. The addition of benzoic acid and its derivatives improves the results. Density functional theory calculations explain the important roles of benzoic acid and the differences in yield obtained using different derivatives.
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