Special Issue "Hydrogen Transfer Reactions"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Raquel P. Herrera

Laboratorio de Organocatálisis Asimétrica, Departamento de Química Orgánica, Instituto de Síntesis Química y Catálisis Homogénea (ISQCH) CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza, C/Pedro Cerbuna 12, Zaragoza 50009, Spain
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Interests: Asymmetric catalysis, Biological properties, Cinchona, Computational calculations, Hydrogen bond, Mechanistic studies, Natural products, Organic synthesis, Phase transfer catalysts, Squaramides, (Thio)ureas

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Hydrogen transfer reactions have been broadly used to reduce different carbon-carbon or carbon-heteroatom double bonds. These reactions are also involved in many biological transformations where the enzymes play a crucial role. The developed procedures are able to provide precious building blocks for natural or pharmaceutical products. Hydrogen transfer reactions are very important transformations able to generate new chiral centers when chiral catalysts are involved in the processes. Particularly, the asymmetric reduction of prochiral ketones or ketimines represents the most straightforward procedures for preparing chiral alcohols or amines.

Until last decade, the enantioselective reduction of these substrates was mostly limited to chiral transition metal complexes or enzymes. During last years, organocatalysis has emerged as a new powerful option and more attention has been paid to the organocatalytic version of these transformations. Moreover, many different catalysts and nucleophilic hydride sources have been successfully employed in this field. Therefore, this special issue will cover the most recent results in this interesting area of research by experts around the World. All new contributions centered in these investigations will be welcome!

Prof. Dr. Raquel P. Herrera
Guest Editor

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  • Enzyme
  • Double bond
  • Hydride
  • Imine
  • Ketone
  • Metal catalyst
  • Organocatalyst
  • Pharmaceutical targets
  • Reducing agent

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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