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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1995. Department of Chemistry.


Copyright 1995, the author. Used by permission.


Many organic molecules of modest size and complexity have chirality.That is, these molecules can exist in more than one stereoisomeric form.There is a strong desire to synthesize chiral compounds that exist in the form of a single stereoisomer.The method of synthesizing chiral compounds that was studied in our research employed a less than stoichiometric amount of chiral catalyst to both catalyze and control the stereochemical outcome of the reactions attempted.

A new chiral ligand was developed to be used as part of the chiral catalyst.This new ligand was used in the enantioselective Diels-Alder cycloaddition reaction and the enantioselective allylation reaction in the attempt to synthesize products of high enantiomeric purity.

Advisor: James M. Takacs