Synlett 1999; 1999(S1): 835-842
DOI: 10.1055/s-1999-3122
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From Corrin Chemistry to Asymmetric Catalysis - A Personal Account

Andreas Pfaltz*
  • *Institut für Organische Chemie, Universität Basel, St. Johanns-Ring 19, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland; Fax +41(61)2 67 11 03; E-mail:
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Publication Date:
31 December 1999 (online)

Eschenmoser's research in the area of corrin chemistry served as the starting point for the development of chiral C2-symmetric semicorrins and related ligands, specifically designed for the enantiocontrol of metal-catalyzed reactions. During the last few years, these ligands have found a remarkable variety of applications in asymmetric catalysis. More recently, we have extended our work from semicorrins and bisoxazolines to non-symmetric phosphinooxazolines, which also proved to be highly versatile ligands for asymmetric catalysis.