Fundamental investigations of enantioselective heterogeneous catalysis

Baddeley, Christopher J., Jones, Timothy E., Trant, Aoife G. and Wilson, Karen E. (2011). Fundamental investigations of enantioselective heterogeneous catalysis. Topics in Catalysis, 54 (19-20), pp. 1348-1356.


Enantioselective catalysis is an increasingly important method of providing enantiomeric compounds for the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. To date, heterogeneous catalysts have failed to match the industrial impact achieved by homogeneous systems. One successful approach to the creation of heterogeneous enantioselective catalysts has involved the modification of conventional metal particle catalysts by the adsorption of chiral molecules. This article examines the contribution of effects such as chiral recognition and amplification to these types of system and how insight provided by surface science model studies may be exploited in the design of more effective catalysts.


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