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Pure Appl. Chem., 2001, Vol. 73, No. 8, pp. 1315-1318

Quasi-nature catalysis. Rhodium-catalyzed C­C bond formation in air and water

Taisheng Huang1, Sripathy Venkatraman1, Yue Meng1, Tien V. Nguyen1, Daniel Kort1, Dong Wang2, Rui Ding2 and Chao-Jun Li1*

1 Department of Chemistry, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
2 Center for Molecular Science, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080, P. R. China

Abstract: Transition-metal catalysis is out-grown from dry-boxes where the use of inert gas atmosphere and the exclusion of moisture have been essential. Such a restriction undoubtedly imposes limitations in the application of these reactions in organic synthesis and in the recycling of the catalysts. This article discusses some recent advances of rhodium-catalyzed carbon­carbon bond formations under the natural conditions of air and water.