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The modulation of face-face π-π interactions in Lewis acid catalysis

Harris, Lisa D. and Jenkins, Robert L. and Tomkinson, Nicholas C. O. (2005) The modulation of face-face π-π interactions in Lewis acid catalysis. Tetrahedron Letters, 46 (10). pp. 1627-1629. ISSN 0040-4039

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The enantiomeric excess obsd. for the exo-adduct from the Lewis acid catalyzed Diels-Alder reaction between cyclopentadiene and methacrolein can be increased up to 21% by simple modification of the electronics of the arom. ring in a series of stilbene-derived diol ligands, suggesting that the proposed face-face π-π interaction between the catalyst and the dienophile can be modulated by altering the electron d. on the arom. ring.