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Organic Synthesis in Water
For several years we have been interested in performing carbon-carbon bond forming reactions in aqueous media. We reported the first Diels-Alder reaction in homochiral aqueous micellar media, where enantioselectivities were observed. More recently we have reported the first acid catalysed aqueous Baylis-Hillman reaction, a novel mimetic of the enzymatic transketolase reaction in water and a Pictet-Spengler biomimetic reaction catalysed by phosphate. The use of biomass for the production of chemicals has also been explored with Prof T. Sheppard, where water based cascades to convert furfurals into aromatic compounds have been established, via the formation of hydrazones, in very high yields.
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