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Organocatalysis: An Overview of its Application in Oxidation and Reduction Reactions


Rammyani Pal and Chhanda Mukhopadhyay*   Pages 1 - 10 ( 10 )


Organocatalysis was established to be a wide-applicable approach from its inception and rediscovery in the year 2000, where proline was used as a catalyst in aldol condensation and soon after the successful emergence of iminium catalysed reactions in organic synthesis. Development of new potential catalytic systems is always an important as well as an uphill task for scientists and researchers. The fundamental organic synthesis majorly deals with metal based catalysts, whereas there is a constant surge of developing metal free reaction condition to make the reactions environmental friendly. For the synthesis of complex organic molecules, reduction and oxidation reactions are always needed and there are plenty of catalysts available for these reactions. Organocatalysts are also developed and applied for these two elementary reactions. This review focuses on some of the latest developments and applications of organocatalysts in oxidation and reduction reactions in fundamental organic synthesis.


Elementary reactions, metal free, organocatalysts, organic synthesis, oxidation, reduction.


Department of Chemistry, University of Calcutta, 92 APC Road, Kolkata-700009, Department of Chemistry, University of Calcutta, 92 APC Road, Kolkata-700009

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