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New quiral metal catalysts and their applications in asymmetric catalysis

Grant number: 18/01669-5
Support type:Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants
Duration: May 01, 2018 - April 30, 2022
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Caio Costa Oliveira
Grantee:Caio Costa Oliveira
Home Institution: Instituto de Química (IQ). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/15883-1 - Synthesis and catalytic activity of enantioenriched complexes bearing bisfunctional ligands, BP.DD
19/00080-0 - Synthesis and catalytic activity of metal complexes bearing enantioenriched sulphoxides ligands, BP.DD
18/18490-8 - New chiral ruthenium complexes and their applications in asymmetric catalysis, BP.MS


Catalytic methods for the synthesis of enantiomerically pure compounds are of great importance for the preparation of pharmacologically active substances and for Fine Chemicals. The rational development of enantioenriched ligands allows the preferential preparation of one of the two enantiomeric products in reactions catalyzedby transition metals. The main topic of this research project is the development of new classes of enantioenriched ligands and their use on the synthesis of new chiral metal complexes. More specifically, it will cover two research lines: 1) the design of chiral half-sandwich complexes and its application for asymmetric transformations; 2) the synthesis of new ligands able to coordinate simultaneously to two metals (or a metal and a Lewis acid) and use them to create novel process involving, at least, a sequence of two distinct reactions. The success of this project will allow the development of a new research field in asymmetric catalysis. (AU)