Special Issue "Organocatalysis: Advances, Opportunity, and Challenges"

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 May 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Tatiana G. Chulkova Website E-Mail
Saint Petersburg State University, 7/9 Universitetskaya Nab., Saint Petersburg, 199034, Russia
Interests: physical organic chemistry; reaction mechanisms; catalysis in organic chemistry
Guest Editor
Dr. Evgeny Bulatov Website E-Mail
Department of Chemistry, University of Jyväskylä, Survontie 9 B, P.O. Box 35, FI-40014 Jyväskylä, Finland
Interests: coordination and organometallic chemistry; catalysis; chemically active materials for 3d-printing; optical spectroscopy; crystallography

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Catalysis with small organic molecules has become a highly dynamic area in chemical research. Today, organocatalyzed reactions provide an alternative to metal-catalyzed reactions in creating of a wide range of organic compounds in a convenient manner. The advantages of organocatalysis include the use of inexpensive and readily available organic compounds as catalysts, as well as increased synthetic efficiency, as no metal catalyst needs to be removed at the end of the process. These benefits could lead to the application of such processes in the industry. A relatively new concept is the use of chiral organic catalysts. In this area, new opportunities are opening up for the development of extremely active catalysts that rival the efficiency of enzymes and that of the few superactive chiral transition metal complexes, such as Noyori’s hydrogenation catalysts or certain cross-coupling reaction catalysts.

Submissions to this Special Issue on “Organic Chemistry in Catalysis” are welcome in the form of original research papers or short reviews that reflect the state of research in the field of organocatalysis on the following topics: selective organocatalytic reactions, asymmetric organocatalysts, element–organic compounds in organocatalytic reactions, noncovalent interactions in organocatalysis, and the study of the mechanisms of organocatalytic reactions.

Prof. Dr. Tatiana G. Chulkova
Dr. Evgeny Bulatov
Guest Editors

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  • organocatalytic reactions
  • asymmetric organocatalysis
  • reaction mechanisms
  • noncovalent interactions
  • element–organic compounds as organocatalysts

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: Enantioselective Cross-dehydrogenative Coupling involving Cooperative Catalysis by Copper and an Organocatalyst
Authors: Ana Maria Faisca Phillips, M. Fátima C. Guedes da Silva and Armando J. L. Pombeiro
Affiliation: Centro de Química Estrutural, Complexo I, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Abstract: The development of cross-dehydrogenative coupling in recent years has simplified the synthesis of many materials, as a result facile C-H activation, which together with its greater atom economy and environmental friendliness has made an impact in modern organic chemistry. Indeed, many C-C and C-X (X = heteroatom) coupling reactions can now be performed directly between two C-H bonds or a C-H and an X-H bond simply by adding catalytic amounts of copper to a mixture of the two and an oxidant to accept the two hydrogen atoms released. Chiral organocatalysts have been joined to promote enantioselective processes, resulting in the development of efficient reaction cascades that provide products in high yields and high levels of asymmetric induction as a result of this cooperative catalysis. In this review we summarize the recent literature in this subject, hoping that it will inspire many new synthetic strategies.

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