Aerobic asymmetric oxygenation catalysis: a well forgottenis… future?

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Aerobic dioxygen, the cheapest oxidant with the highest active oxygen content, has so far remained underrepresented in selective, including stereoselective, oxidation catalysis. This article surveys the milestones in the area of catalytic asymmetric oxidations of organic molecules leading to formation of new C–O or X–O bonds, reported in the last decades. The existing catalyst systems are outlined, and technical as well as fundamental difficulties that hamper widespread adoption of dioxygen into asymmetric oxygenation catalysis are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-13
Number of pages6
JournalMendeleev Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • asymmetric catalysis
  • dioxygen
  • green chemistry
  • mechanism
  • transition metal complexes


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