Metal complexes of salen ligands are an important class of compounds, and they have been widely studied in the past. Among their successful catalytic applications, the synthesis of cyclic carbonates by the coupling reaction of epoxides with CO2 has received increased attention; this is mostly due to the importance of using a greenhouse gas as a feedstock for the synthesis of useful molecules. Herein the most relevant past and present research surrounding this topic is presented.
Salen-complex-mediated formation of cyclic carbonates by cycloaddition of CO2 to epoxides
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 9822- 9837.