Multimetallic multifunctional catalysts for asymmetric reactions

Masakatsu Shibasaki, Motomu Kanai, Shigeki Matsunaga, Naoya Kumagai

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The utility of several types of multimetallic asymmetric catalysts is reviewed. The appropriate design of multidentate chiral ligands provides homobimetallic, heterobimetallic, and polymetallic catalysts upon complexation with metal cations. Cooperative work of multiple catalytically active sites in the asymmetric multimetallic catalysts allows for enhanced catalytic activity and stereoselectivity over monometallic catalysts. Facile systematic tuning of the asymmetric multimetallic catalysts by manipulation of multidentate ligand structure and combination of metal cations enables the generation of diverse set of catalysts having distinct three-dimensional and catalytic properties, boosting the optimization process to identify the best catalyst for a specific reaction of interest.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBifunctional Molecular Catalysis
EditorsTakao Ikariya, Masakatsu Shibasaki
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameTopics in Organometallic Chemistry
ISSN (Print)1436-6002


  • Dinucleating Schiff base
  • Heterobimetallic
  • Homobimetallic
  • Homopolymetallic
  • Rare earth metal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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