"Asymmetric" catalysis by lanthanide complexes

Koichi Mikami, Masahiro Terada, Hiroshi Matsuzawa

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Catalysis with lanthanide (Ln) complexes has been underestimated for long time, although LnIII complexes have great advantages as Lewis acid catalysts for "asymmetric" carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions. Lanthanide complexes are highly active in ligand-substitution reactions, especially with hard ligands. The association with substrates and dissociation of products are achieved fast enough for high catalyst efficiency. The asymmetric catalysis of organic reactions can be greatly advanced by the use of Ln complexes with chiral ligands such as binaphthol (binol). LnII complexes are good reducing agents, which can be used in a wide variety of synthetically important reactions; when chiral ligands are used, many of these reactions are highly stereoselective. In the context of "green chemistry", the development of asymmetric Ln catalysts, and their recyclable use, is of increasing importance. This review gives an overview of the most recent developments in catalysis with lanthanide(II) and lanthanide(III) complexes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3554-3572
Number of pages19
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Oct 4


  • Asymmetric catalysis
  • Coordination chemistry
  • Enantioselectivity
  • Lanthanides
  • Lewis acids


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