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Pure Appl. Chem. Vol. 74, No. 1, pp. 37-42 (2002)

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Vol. 74, Issue 1

Copper-mediated asymmetric transformations*

Alexandre Alexakis

Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Geneva, 30 quai Ernest Ansermet, Geneva, CH-1211, Switzerland

Abstract: Copper-catalyzed reactions include the enantioselective conjugate addition and the SN2¢ substitution. We describe the genesis of these reactions, the choice of the primary organometallic reagent, and our studies on finding new Michael acceptors and new ligands. We also report on the use of the zinc enolate generated upon conjugate addition.

*Lecture presented at the 11th IUPAC International Symposium on Organometallic Chemistry Directed Towards Organic Synthesis (OMCOS-11), Taipei, Taiwan, 22-26 July 2001. Other presentations are presented in this issue, pp.1-186.
**Corresponding author.


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