Metal free porphyrins act as bifunctional organocatalysts
What is it about?
Porphyrins are known to be natural catalysts par excellence. In all these cases they contain a central metal which is involved in/or required for catalytic activity. Here we show for the first time that nonplanar fee base porphyrins without a metal can act as organocatalysts.
Why is it important?
it describes the first examples of porphyrins not containing a metal to be a catalyst. This has implications for developing new porphyrin-based catalysts or artificial enzymes.
The following have contributed to this page: Professor Mathias O. Senge