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.

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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.

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This page is a summary of: Conformational control of nonplanar free base porphyrins: towards bifunctional catalysts of tunable basicity, Chemical Communications, January 2018, Royal Society of Chemistry,
DOI: 10.1039/c7cc08099a.
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