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Pure Appl. Chem., 2001, Vol. 73, No. 7, pp. 1113-1116

Applications of "planar-chiral" heterocycles in asymmetric catalysis

Gregory C. Fu

Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Abstract: Planar-chiral derivatives of pyridine function as efficient catalysts for processes such as the kinetic resolution of primary amines and the desymmetrization/ring-opening of meso epoxides. Planar-chiral pyrrolyl and phospholyl derivatives serve as effective chiral ligands for a range of metal-catalyzed reactions, including the copper-catalyzed ring-expansion of oxetanes and the rhodium-catalyzed isomerization of allylic alcohols.