Marie-Céline van Severen

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[Structure: see text] A concise synthesis of both enantiomers of alpha-Tfm-proline and (S)-alpha-Tfm-prolinol from ethyl trifluoropyruvate is reported. The key step is a diastereoselective allylation reaction of ethyl trifluoropyruvate and (R)-phenylglycinol-based oxazolidines or imine. The lactone obtained by cyclization of the resulting hydroxy ester(More)
Pb(2+) complexes can attain several different topologies, depending of the shape of the Pb 6s6p lone pair. In this paper, we study structures with a bisdirected Pb lone pair with quantum mechanics (DFT) and QM/MM calculations. We study small symmetric Pb(2+) models to see what factors are needed to get a bisdirected lone pair. Two important mechanisms have(More)
Reduced Variational Space (RVS) calculations are reported that afford insight into the energetic origins of the hemi- and holo-directing behavior of [Pb(H2O)n](2+) complexes. It is shown that the distribution of ligands around the Pb(2+) center arises from a delicate balance between the first-order Coulomb plus exchange-repulsion energy that favors(More)
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