To impact science and society in the way that we feel is possible, synthetic chemistry needs to combine innovation and execution. We are motivated by the idea that novel chemical methodologies are needed to enable the synthesis of novel, previously elusive natural-like scaffolds. Only innovative organic chemistry research can provide the next generation of problem solvers.
The goal of the ORGANO-CAS CAT research project proposed here is to exploit the potential of Asymmetric Organocatalysis (which involves only organic elements in the active principle) to find cost-effective, environmentally benign, and sustainable synthetic methods for reproducing the rich structural diversity and complexity of natural molecules. This is in line with the European approach of attaining Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem).
Recently, we demonstrated the potential of organocascade catalysis to recreate the intricate structural scaffold and related complex stereochemistry of natural-like compounds with very high fidelity. We want to further innovate around the development of novel organocascade strategies for rapidly converting simple achiral starting materials into complex compounds embodying features of natural molecules. We recognized as a necessary step the identification of novel reactivity concepts to enable the inclusion of unprecedented transformations into elaborate yet experimentally simple organocascade reactions. Specifically we will focus on the development of organocatalytic cascade reaction driven by dynamic kinetic resolution as well as on the inclusion of dienamine activation step within the cascade sequence. In the longer term, organocascade catalysis could become the ideal synthetic starting point for assembling libraries comprising enantiopure molecules, which will increase the probability of success in identifying drug-candidate structures
Fellow name: Yankai Liu