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A Homogeneous Gallium(III) Compound Selectively Catalyzes the Epoxidation of Alkenes

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posted on 05.03.2012, 00:00 by Wenchan Jiang, John D. Gorden, Christian R. Goldsmith
We demonstrate that a simple gallium­(III) complex, [Ga­(phen)2Cl2]Cl (phen = 1,10-phenanthroline), can serve as a homogeneous catalyst for the epoxidation of alkenes. The olefin epoxidations proceed relatively quickly at mild temperatures and, under optimum conditions, are highly selective for the epoxide product.