Special Issue "Catalysis in Heterocyclic and Organometallic Synthesis"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Catalysis in Organic and Polymer Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Antal Csámpai Website E-Mail
Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Pázmány Péter sétány 1/A, 1117 Budapest, Hungary
Interests: Heterocyclic chemistry; Organometallic chemistry of transition metals; NMR spectroscopy; Stereochemistry; Molecular modelling; Antiproliferative compounds; Cross coupling reactions; Organocatalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last decades, diverse methods of catalysis, including transition metal catalysis, organocatalysis, their homogenous and heterogenous versions as well as biocatalysis, witnessed an extremely rapid development in a variety of chemical transformations utilised in chemical, fuel, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries to afford a wide range of products having impact on daily life. As a results of intensive research a number of well-established concepts and tools are now available to get a deeper insight into the mechanisms of catalytic reactions allowing to develop more and more sophisticated catalytic systems and conditions capable of governing the elementary steps of a multistep transformation to proceed via a rationally designed pathway. Although in the chemistry of heterocyclic and organometallic compounds, representing two large and partly overlapping domains of chemical research, the most efficient, robust and often environmentally benign synthetic strategies are based on catalysis, there is a constant need to develop further superior systems of higher catalytic activity and specificity and to elaborate catalytic versions of extensively used stoichiometric organic syntheses with particular regards to asymmetric transformations.

Prof. Dr. Antal Csámpai
Guest Editor

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  • Heterocyclic synthesis
  • Synthesis of organometallics
  • Metal catalysis
  • Organocatalysis
  • Biocatalysis
  • Chemoselective transformations
  • Asymmetric synthesis
  • Catalytic annulation reactions
  • Enantioselective syntheses
  • Reaction mechanism

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Recent Advances in Oxidative Synthesis of Quinolines

Author: Liang-Hua Zou

Abstract: The research on the synthesis of quinolines has been extensively investigated during the past years due to their significant properties and applications in pharmaceuticals, useful ligands and materials. The traditional synthesis of quinolines, such as Friedländer quinoline synthesis and Combes quinoline synthesis, could date back to one century ago. So far, many methods have been developed to construction of structurally diverse and complex quinolines. Despite these advances, many of these procedures often suffered from strong acidic conditions, highly explosive, low yields, and expensive reagents. Therefore, the development of more efficient alternatives is still highly desirable.

Oxidative protocols have become an important means of synthesis of quinolines in the past years. Recently, significant advances in this field have witnessed a myriad of elegant reports on transition-metal catalyzed or transition-metal free reactions. These reactions indicate there are a great potential in exploiting the inherent reactivity of molecules through the combination use of an efficient catalyst, base, oxidant and solvent. This mini-review will focus on the synthesis of quinolines via oxidative annulation with or without the catalyst of transition-metals.


Title: Non-K region disubstituted pyrenes (1,3-, 1,6- and 1,8-) by (hetero)aryl groups

Abstract: Disubstituted pyrenes at the non-K region by the same or different (hetero)aryl groups are in the increasing interest of scientists during the last decade due to their optical and photophysical properties. However, in that area, there is no systematization of the structures and synthesis methods and their limitations. Taking all into account I wrote the review article of the reported in the literature approaches to their synthesis starting from commercially available pyrene. Herein, the ways of obtaining of disubstituted intermediates based on bromination and acylation reaction were presented what is crucial in the determination of the possibility of further functionalization by using coupling, cycloaddition, condensation, etc. reactions. Moreover, the application of disubstituted pyrenes in the synthesis of 1,3,6,8-tetrasubstituted was also reviewed. The whole review demonstrates the direction in the chemistry of disubstituted pyrenes.

Author: Dawid Zych

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