One-pot reaction cascades using star polymers with core-confined catalysts

Brett Helms*, Steven J. Guillaudeu, Yu Xie, Meredith McMurdo, Craig J. Hawker, Jean M.J. Fréchet

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My stars! Star polymers that contain otherwise incompatible acid or base catalysts, such as para-toluenesulfonic acid or 4-(dialkylamino)pyridines moieties, at their sterically restricted cores (see scheme) are readily prepared. Homogeneous catalysis using these star polymers can perform reaction cascades in the same pot and is demonstrated with an acid-catalyzed deprotection and the nucleophilic amine-catalyzed Baylis-Hillman reaction. (Figure Presented)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6384-6387
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number39
StatePublished - Oct 7 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Amines
  • Dendrimers
  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Polymers
  • Reaction cascades

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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