Conformational control of nonplanar free base porphyrins: towards bifunctional catalysts of tunable basicity

  • M. Roucan, M. Kielmann, S. J. Connon, S. S. R. Bernhard, M. O. Senge
  • Chemical Communications, January 2018, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • DOI: 10.1039/c7cc08099a

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.

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