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Symmetry 2017, 9(9), 174; doi:10.3390/sym9090174

Chiral Buckybowl Molecules

Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry & Technology, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy, West China Medical Center, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
These authors contributed equally to this paper.
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Received: 27 July 2017 / Revised: 20 August 2017 / Accepted: 21 August 2017 / Published: 30 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Chiral Auxiliaries and Chirogenesis)


Buckybowls are polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons that have a curved aromatic surface and are considered fragments of buckminsterfullerenes. The curved aromatic surface led to the loss of planar symmetry of the normal aromatic plane and may cause unique inherent chirality, so-called bowl chirality, which it is possible to thermally racemize through a bowl-to-bowl inversion process. In this short review, we summarize the studies concerning the special field of bowl chirality, focusing on recent practical aspects of attaining diastereo/enantioenriched chiral buckybowls through asymmetric synthesis, chiral optical resolution, selective chiral metal complexation, and chiral assembly formation. View Full-Text
Keywords: buckybowl; corannulene; sumanene; bowl chirality; bowl inversion; asymmetric synthesis; chiral resolution buckybowl; corannulene; sumanene; bowl chirality; bowl inversion; asymmetric synthesis; chiral resolution

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Kanagaraj, K.; Lin, K.; Wu, W.; Gao, G.; Zhong, Z.; Su, D.; Yang, C. Chiral Buckybowl Molecules. Symmetry 2017, 9, 174.

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