Empirical description of chiral autocatalysis

Károly Micskei, György Póta, Luciano Caglioti, Gyula Pályi

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The only known example of chiral autocatalysis is the alkylation of N-heterocyclic aldehydes with iPr2Zn (Soai reaction). The mechanism and some details of this reaction are not yet clear. An empirical formula is proposed here for the description of this chiral autocatalytic reaction. This formula allows the calculation of some very informative parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5982-5984
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - May 11 2006


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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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