Molecular recognition in homogeneous transition metal catalysis: A biomimetic strategy for high selectivity

Siddartha Das, Gary W Brudvig, Robert H. Crabtree

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Traditional methods for selectivity control in homogeneous transition metal catalysis either employ steric effects in a binding pocket or chelate control. In a supramolecular strategy, encapsulation of the substrate can provide useful shape and size selectivity. A fully developed molecular recognition strategy involving hydrogen bonding or solvophobic forces has given almost completely regioselective functionalization of remote, unactivated C-H bonds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-424
Number of pages12
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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  • Chemistry(all)

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