Special Issue "Asymmetric Catalysis in Organic Synthesis"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ashraf Ghanem

Biomedical Science Department, Faculty of ESTeM, Office 3C42, University of Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
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Interests: chirality; enantioselective nano chromatography; asymmetric catalysis; chiral analysis
Guest Editor
Dr. Frady Gouany

Biomedical Science Department, Faculty of ESTeM, Room 27B18, University of Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
Interests: chirality; asymmetric synthesis; asymmetric catalysis; chiral analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Asymmetric catalysis (also known as enantioselective catalysis) is considered as one of the ultimate solutions for gaining access to enantiomerically enriched/pure compounds, in which a metal complex carrying chiral ligands has its own merits to return many equivalents of the desired enantiomerically-enriched chiral product. Due to the increasing number of available methodologies to access enantiomerically-enriched/pure organic compounds, the scope of asymmetric catalysis has greatly expanded to include a broad range of chemical transformations. Ideally, a practical asymmetric catalyst should provide high yield and selectivity (chemo-, diastereo- and enantioselectivity) for a broad range of substrates in different reaction conditions, whilst being inexpensive and readily available in both enantiopure forms. A large number of complexes have been already reported, and many of these complexes have been studied and used in asymmetric catalysis.

This Special Issue aims to cover recent progress and advances in the field of asymmetric catalysis. This includes, but is not restricted to, the design and synthesis of novel chiral catalysts, their applications in the development of new asymmetric methodologies, and in the synthesis of commercially-valuable molecules and natural products.

Prof. Dr. Ashraf Ghanem
Dr. Frady Gouany
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Asymmetric Synthesis
  • Chiral Ligands
  • Chiral Catalysts
  • Enantiomeric Excess
  • Enantioselectivity

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