Optically active β-ketoiminato manganese(III) complexes as efficient catalysts in enantioselective aerobic epoxidation of unfunctionalized olefins

Takushi Nagata, Kiyomi Imagawa, Tohru Yamada, Teruaki Mukaiyama

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A novel manganese(III) complex having an optically active N, N′-ethylenebis-β-ketoimine ligand was prepared and characterized crystallographically. The manganese(III) complexes behave as effective catalysts in enantioselective epoxidation of unfunctionalized olefins by combined use of molecular oxygen, an oxidant, and pivalaldehyde, a reductant. Dihydronaphthalene derivatives were converted into the corresponding optically active epoxides with good to high enantioselectivities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-287
Number of pages5
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Jun 1



  • Asymmetric synthesis
  • Catalysis
  • Enantioselectivity
  • Epoxidation
  • Manganese complexes
  • Molecular oxygen
  • Oxidation
  • X-ray diffraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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