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Mechanism of cyclic carbonate synthesis from epoxides and CO2

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JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
DatePublished - 6 Apr 2009
Issue number16
Number of pages3
Pages (from-to)2946-2948
Original languageEnglish


Three interconnected catalytic cycles account for the title reaction catalyzed by a bimetallic aluminum(salen) complex and Bu(4)NBr. In the first, Bu(4)NBr acts as a nucleophile to activate the epoxide. In the second, Bu(3)N generated in situ serves to activate CO(2). In the third, the aluminum(salen) complex brings the two activated species together so that the key bonds can be formed intramolecularly.

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