Stereochemistry

Stereochemistry is the scientific concept that describes the relationship between chemical compounds which have the same molecular formula and identical functional groups but with different three dimensional arrangements of atoms. These molecules are known as stereoisomers and can have very different properties from one another, particularly when interacting with biological systems.

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  • News & Views |

    Phosphorus compounds with unique chirality due to the presence of a P-stereocentre are obtained through stereoselective catalytic cross-coupling of phosphoramidites and aryl halides. Axial-to-central transfer of chirality is shown to provide ready access to various classes of P-chirogenic compounds that are key to catalysis and drug development.

  • Comments & Opinion
    | Open Access

    The transfer of chiral information from optically pure reaction components to products can generate enantiomerically-enriched molecules, but the control of stereochemistry often proves challenging. Here, the author highlights how our fundamental understanding of stereocontrol has evolved and discusses possible approaches for the rational development of enantioselective catalysts.

    • Jolene P. Reid
  • Research Highlights |

    A silicon-linker that tethers a diyne and a diynophile provides new mechanistic insight and control of hexadehydro-Diels–Alder (HDDA) reactions.

    • Colette Whitfield
  • Research Highlights |

    Homochiral porous cage-in-cage structures that self-assemble from lanthanide cations and chiral amino acid-derived ligands have been prepared and shown to be highly effective in enantioselective separations of small-molecule guests.

    • Peter W. Seavill
  • News & Views |

    The design of an original molecular architecture featuring an unusual sterically congested C(sp2)–C(sp3) stereogenic axis with six high rotational barriers results in the formation of six stereoisomers. The configuration of this axis can be controlled by transition metal catalysis and one stereoisomer can be produced selectively.

    • Damien Bonne
    •  & Jean Rodriguez
    Nature Catalysis 4, 451-452
  • Comments & Opinion
    | Open Access

    After two decades of steady growing, symbiotic merger of organocatalysis with emerging electrochemical and photochemical tools are envisioned as hot topics in the coming decade. Here, these trends are discussed in parallel to the implementation of artificial intelligence-based technologies, which anticipate a paradigm shift in catalyst design.

    • José M. Lassaletta