Nonnitrogenous Organocatalysis

1st Edition

Andrew Harned

CRC Press
Published December 18, 2017
Reference - 247 Pages - 11 Color & 305 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498715034 - CAT# K25320
Series: Organocatalysis Series

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  • Focuses primarily on organocatalytic transformations that do not involve nitrogen in key bond-forming steps of the mechanism and do not involve N–H bonds as Brønstead acid or hydrogen bond donors
  • Shows that the umbrella of organocatalysis covers other main group elements besides nitrogen
  • Describes a number of synthetic transformations that can be performed with non-metallic catalysts
  • Brings together areas of diverse literature
  • Fits well in the Organocatalysis series and is highly recommended by Sanjay Malhotra, the series editor


Since the 1990s the synthetic community has shown a growing interest in the development of catalytic reactions that employ entirely organic catalysts – so-called ‘organocatalysts’. With the current emphasis on green chemistry throughout the chemical industry, organocatalysis has become indispensible. In spite of this growth and recognition, there can be a misconception that organocatalysts are only based on nitrogen-containing functional groups (amines, ureas, and quaternary ammonium salts, for example), and are only useful for asymmetric reactions.

Nonnitrogenous Organocatalysis shows that the umbrella of organocatalysis covers other main group elements besides nitrogen, and the coverage is not just limited to asymmetric methods. Many of the catalysts and mechanisms discussed may not have a viable asymmetric variant or cannot be rendered asymmetric at all. This does not make them any less useful, as illustrated in this book.


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