Synlett 2016; 27(07): 1024-1026
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1561933
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York

Cluster Preface: Non-Covalent Interactions in Asymmetric Catalysis

Robert J. Phipps*
  • Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1EW, United Kingdom   Email:
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Publication History

Received: 04 March 2016

Accepted: 04 March 2016

Publication Date:
08 April 2016 (online)

Robert J. Phipps

obtained his undergraduate degree from Imperial College, London in 2006 before moving to the University of Cambridge where he completed his PhD studies with Prof. Matthew Gaunt in 2010. He spent two years working with Prof. F. Dean Toste at UC Berkeley on asymmetric fluorination as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2013, he returned to Cambridge where he commenced independent research from 2014 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow. He has been the recipient of the Reaxys PhD prize (2010) and more recently a Thieme Chemistry Journal Award (2016).


The successful harnessing of non-covalent interactions to activate functional groups and control selectivity in chemical reactions is a relatively recent phenomenon in synthetic chemistry, but one that has delivered ground-breaking results, particularly over the last decade, and still bears enormous promise. This Cluster brings together seven manuscripts which represent cutting edge advances in both understanding and applications of non-covalent interactions for asymmetric catalysis.