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Organometallic chemistry

Catalyst takes control to heart

Some transition-metal catalysts control organic reactions so that, given a choice of two mirror-image products, only one forms. The metal atom in these catalysts has been ignored as a source of control — until now.

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Figure 1: Chiral catalysts for olefin metathesis.

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Diver, S. Catalyst takes control to heart. Nature 456, 883–885 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/456883a

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