Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Lewis Acid Catalysis

From JACS:

A Powerful Aluminium Catalyst for the Synthesis of Highly Functional Organic Carbonates

A novel aluminum complex promotes cycloaddition of CO2 and epoxides to form carbonates with exceptional catalytic efficiency and broad functional group tolerance.  Though they focus on conditions that avoid polymerization in this paper, this complex could end up being very useful for epoxide/CO2 copolymerizations in the style of Geoff Coates.

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