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Asymmetric Synthesis by Homogeneous Catalysis

  1. Patrick J. Walsh

Published Online: 15 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia015

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

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Walsh, P. J. 2006. Asymmetric Synthesis by Homogeneous Catalysis . Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

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  1. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

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  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2006


This section describes new approaches to asymmetric catalysis including screening mixtures of chiral ligands, applications of normally unresolvable ligands, chiral poisoning, asymmetric activation of racemic catalysts, asymmetric activation of enantioenriched catalysts, optimization of enantioselective catalysts using achiral and meso ligands, and combinatorial methods for catalyst generation.


  • enantioselective catalysis;
  • asymmetric catalysis;
  • asymmetric synthesis;
  • chiral poisoning;
  • asymmetric activation;
  • asymmetric hydrogenation;
  • asymmetric alkylation;
  • conjugate addition;
  • salen complexes;
  • asymmetric Diels–Alder reaction