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Unconventional Bifunctional Catalysts

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city: MADRID
postcode: 28049

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
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 Total cost 1˙987˙750 €
 EC max contribution 1˙987˙750 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2021-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID ES (MADRID) coordinator 1˙987˙750.00


 Project objective

The development of sustainable chemical processes is one of the most important features in modern chemistry. It has become a key research area worldwide providing solutions to important societal demands by optimizing the use of natural resources and minimizing waste and environmental impact. Among the relevant methods for achieving this goal, catalysis represents a key and central approach. Both Organocatalysis and Metal Catalysis have emerged as solutions to the problems in this context. In this field, the progress of a novel bifunctional organocatalyst that could increase the number of different activations, and therefore the synthesis of valuable enantio-enriched molecules, would be highly desirable. Especially important, but still unknown, are the bifunctional-catalysts based on a Neutral Coordinate Organocatalyst and Photo-Organocatalysts. This proposal aims to develop two new unconventional approaches for the synthesis of bifunctional organocatalysts. The first one is based on the development of new Bifunctional Neutral Coordinate Organocatalyst and their application to the synthesis of biologically relevant compounds. I propose to use these bifunctional catalysts to promote the dual activation of silyl reagents and suitable electrophiles. This approach constitutes an unconventional way to synthesize asymmetric molecules and has no precedent in the literature. The second section of this proposal explores the photo-activation-bifunctional organocatalyst. I propose the design and application of new metal-free Bifunctional Photo-Organocatalysts which are able to chemically and photo-activate the substrate simultaneously in an asymmetric manner. This project has the potential to change the general view of asymmetric Neutral Coordinate Organocatalyst and Photo-catalysis as we know it today. These unconventional bifunctional would be incorporated into the privileged catalyst library for its applications in new asymmetric transformations.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Javier Luis-Barrera, Víctor Laina-Martín, Thomas Rigotti, Francesca Peccati, Xavier Solans-Monfort, Mariona Sodupe, Rubén Mas-Ballesté, Marta Liras, José Alemán
Visible-Light Photocatalytic Intramolecular Cyclopropane Ring Expansion
published pages: 7826-7830, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201703334
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56/27 2019-10-14
2017 María Frias, Rubén Mas-Ballesté, Saira Arias, Cuauhtemoc Alvarado, José Alemán
Asymmetric Synthesis of Rauhut–Currier type Products by a Regioselective Mukaiyama Reaction under Bifunctional Catalysis
published pages: 672-679, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b07851
Journal of the American Chemical Society 139/2 2019-10-14
2018 Francisco Esteban, Wioleta Cieślik, Enrique M. Arpa, Andrea Guerrero-Corella, Sergio Díaz-Tendero, Josefina Perles, José A. Fernández-Salas, Alberto Fraile, José Alemán
Intramolecular Hydrogen Bond Activation: Thiourea-Organocatalyzed Enantioselective 1,3-Dipolar Cycloaddition of Salicylaldehyde-Derived Azomethine Ylides with Nitroalkenes
published pages: 1884-1890, ISSN: 2155-5435, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.7b03553
ACS Catalysis 8/3 2019-10-14
2016 Antonio Casado-Sánchez, Rocío Gómez-Ballesteros, Francisco Tato, Francisco J. Soriano, Gustavo Pascual-Coca, Silvia Cabrera, José Alemán
Pt( ii ) coordination complexes as visible light photocatalysts for the oxidation of sulfides using batch and flow processes
published pages: 9137-9140, ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/C6CC02452A
Chem. Commun. 52/58 2019-10-14
2017 Andrea Guerrero-Corella, Ana María Martinez-Gualda, Fereshteh Ahmadi, Enrique Ming, Alberto Fraile, José Alemán
Thiol–ene/oxidation tandem reaction under visible light photocatalysis: synthesis of alkyl sulfoxides
published pages: 10463-10466, ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/C7CC05672A
Chemical Communications 53/75 2019-10-14
2018 José Alemán, Alberto Fraile, Andrea Guerrero, Francisco Esteban, Mario Parra, Manuel Iniesta, Ana Somer, Sergio Diaz-Tendero
2-Hydroxybenzophenone as Chemical Auxiliary for the Activation of Ketiminoesters in the Highly Enantioselective Addition to Nitroalkenes under Bifunctional Catalysis
published pages: , ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201800435
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2019-10-14
2017 Alberto F. Garrido-Castro, Houcine Choubane, Mortada Daaou, M. Carmen Maestro, José Alemán
Asymmetric radical alkylation of N-sulfinimines under visible light photocatalytic conditions
published pages: 7764-7767, ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/C7CC03724D
Chemical Communications 53/55 2019-10-14
2016 Vanesa Marcos, José Alemán
Old tricks, new dogs: organocatalytic dienamine activation of α,β-unsaturated aldehydes
published pages: 6812-6832, ISSN: 0306-0012, DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00438E
Chem. Soc. Rev. 45/24 2019-10-14

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