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Catalytic and Significant Stoichiometric Use of Sodium Species in Molecular Organic Synthesis

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The catalytic and significant stoichiometric use of sodium species as a single metal mediator in molecular organic synthesis has been reviewed. Specific sodium compounds have been identified as: a Lewis acid catalyst; a critical component of a Brønsted acid catalyst; a critical component of a Lewis base or Brønsted base catalyst; electron-rich sodium species may also potentially trigger the formation of radical intermediates. In certain cases, (chiral) sodium compounds have been shown to be a pre-catalyst in (asymmetric) phase-transfer catalysis. Finally, sodium species have proved to display increased reactivity and/or selectivity in the catalysis facilitated by another metal compound (via modification of the catalyst structure and/or anion metathesis).

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Author(s): Bao W, Kossen H, Richards J, Schneider U

Editor(s): Schneider U; Thomas S

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Catalysis with Earth-abundant Elements

Year: 2020

Pages: 1-27

Print publication date: 30/10/2020

Acceptance date: 04/08/2020

Edition: 40

Series Title: Catalysis

Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry

Place Published: Cambridge


DOI: 10.1039/9781788012775-00001

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ISBN: 9781788011181