Self-activation: Takemoto's catalyst gains access to its active conformation by equilibrating between its hydrogen-bonded intra- and intermolecular interactions in apolar aprotic solvents. By destabilization of the inactive monomeric conformations, the extended anti-anti thiourea conformation is preformed in the assembly. On leaving the assembly, this transient conformation has a structural preference to become a catalytically active monomeric species that has the potency for dual activation (see scheme).
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