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Prof. Dr. Franz Effenberger Synthesis and Reactions of Optically Active Cyanohydrins Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English 33

Version of Record online: 22 DEC 2003 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.199415551

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Immobilized enzymes in organic solvents are used in the enantioselective synthesis of cyanohydrins (3, R1 = alkyl, aryl, heteroaryl; R2 = H, alkyl) from carbonyl compounds (1) and hydrogen cyanide (2). Enzymatic kinetic resolution of rac-3 is also conducted in organic media. Chiral cyanohydrins can thus be prepared in high optical purities and serve as valuable synthetic building blocks owing to the wide range of subsequent conversions.

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