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Surface chemistry

Giving catalysts a hand

Using chiral modifiers on the surfaces of heterogeneous catalysts is a potentially fruitful route to practical stereoselective chemistry. Now, a study of the dynamics of prochiral adsorbates on modified surfaces has shown that they can rapidly interconvert between adsorption states of different prochirality.

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Figure 1: The enantioselective hydrogenation of TFAP on (R)-NEA-modified platinum.


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Tysoe, W. Giving catalysts a hand. Nature Chem 9, 503–504 (2017).

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