Manganese N,N,N-pincer complex-catalyzed epoxidation of unactivated aliphatic olefins

Dennis Verspeek, Sebastian Ahrens, Anke Spannenberg, Xiaodong Wen, Yong Yang, Yong Wang Li, Kathrin Junge, Matthias Beller

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A practical in situ generated manganese(ii) catalyst system with the commercially available bis(2-picolyl) amine ligand enables epoxidation of terminal aliphatic olefins in good yields with tert-butyl hydroperoxide as oxidant. Crystallization experiments revealed the formation of two manganese solvent complexes with MeCN and H2O, respectively. Furthermore, a detailed investigation of the quinoline additive identified its crucial role in this transformation as being both essential for the epoxide formation while simultaneously being detrimental to its stability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7341-7348
Number of pages8
JournalCatalysis Science and Technology
Issue number24
StatePublished - 17 Oct 2022
Externally publishedYes


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