Events in organic chemistry.

Organic Synthesis Lecture: Catalyst-enabled molecular nanocarbon synthesis and nanocarbon biology

Abstract: Molecular nanocarbons including nanographenes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are among the most important classes of compounds, with potential applications in nearly all areas of science and technology. Typically, molecular nanocarbons are structurally simple assemblies of benzene-based hexagons and one can imaginarily build up a range of structures with ease and the theoretically possible number of molecular nanocarbon structures (planar and nonplanar) is extraordinary.

Pd0-catalyzed enantioselective C–H activation


In the past couple of decades, most of the research efforts of our group have been dedicated to the functionalization of non-activated C(sp3)–H and C(sp2)–H bonds using catalysis by palladium(0) complexes.1 In recent years, we have developed enantioselective versions of such reactions by employing different types of chiral catalysts (ancillary ligand,2 base3 or bifunctional system4), which enable the control of various stereogenic elements (center,5 axis,6 helix7).8 This lecture will present our latest results in this rapidly developing field.


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