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Pure Appl. Chem. Vol. 73, No. 7, pp. 1113-1116 (2001)

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Vol. 73, Issue 7


Applications of "planar-chiral" heterocycles in asymmetric catalysis*

Gregory C. Fu

Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Abstract: Planar-chiral derivatives of pyridine function as efficient catalysts for processes such as the kinetic resolution of primary amines and the desymmetrization/ring-opening of meso epoxides. Planar-chiral pyrrolyl and phospholyl derivatives serve as effective chiral ligands for a range of metal-catalyzed reactions, including the copper-catalyzed ring-expansion of oxetanes and the rhodium-catalyzed isomerization of allylic alcohols.

*Lecture presented at the 38th IUPAC Congress/World Chemistry Congress 2001, Brisbane, Australia, 1-6 July 2001. Other presentations are published in this issue, pp.1033-1145.

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