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European Journal of Chemistry, Volume 1; doi:10.5155/eurjchem.1.4.360-367.221
Aerobic oxidative coupling of 2-naphthol to 1,1'-binaphthyl-2,2'-diol has been achieved using chiral/achiral copper salen complexes as catalyst. Moderate enantioselectivity was obtained for the reaction of 2-napthol with a coordinating substituent with a chiral salen complex. Unsubstituted 2-naphthol resulted in racemic 1,1'-binaphthyl-2,2'-diol only with all chiral complexes. Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy has been used to understand the factors influencing the asymmetric induction.