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New Concepts for Organocatalysis

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Pan,  Subhas Chandra
Research Department List, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Max Planck Society;

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List,  Benjamin
Research Department List, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Max Planck Society;

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Pan, S. C., & List, B. (2008). New Concepts for Organocatalysis. In M. T. Reetz, B. List, S. Jaroch, & H. Weinmann (Eds.), Organocatalysis. Ernst Schering Foundation Symposium Proceedings, Vol. 2007/2 (pp. 1-43). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag. doi:10.1007/2789_2008_084.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002B-84CE-B
Abstract
Organocatalysis, catalysis with low-molecular weight catalysts in which a metal is not part of the catalytic principle or the reaction substrate, can be as efficient and selective as metal- or biocatalysis. Important discoveries in this area include novel Lewis base-catalyzed enantioselective processes and, more recently, simple Brønsted acid organocatalysts that rival the efficiency of traditional metal-based asymmetric Lewis acid-catalysts. Contributions to organocatalysis from our laboratories include several new and broadly useful concepts such as enamine catalysis and asymmetric counteranion-directed catalysis. Our laboratory has discovered the proline-catalyzed direct asymmetric intermolecular aldol reaction and introduced several other organocatalytic reactions.