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Keywords:

  • asymmetric synthesis;
  • bifunctional catalysts;
  • molecular recognition;
  • organocatalysis

Abstract

In this minireview, squaramides are presented from their roots as artificial anion receptors in molecular recognition studies to their recent advances as powerful bifunctional hydrogen-bonding catalysts in asymmetric organocatalysis. The main features of the squaramido functionality and the direct comparison with the analogous ureas and thioureas are also discussed.