Chiral Synthons from Biologically Sourced Polyols

While fine chemicals are critical building blocks for numerous materials, the majority are prepared from non-renewable petroleum-based feedstock. The synthesis of these compounds from renewable resources offers a more sustainable path but requires the development of new efficient synthetic methods capable of dealing with the inherent complexity of this feedstock. Recently, Professor Gagné’s group found that the R3SiH/B(C6F5)3 catalytic system developed by the Piers group for reduction of carbonyl compounds converts biologically sourced polyols into otherwise difficult to access or brand new C6On compounds.

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