About this Research Topic
This Research Topic entitled “New Trends of Multifunctional Materials for Asymmetric Catalysis” presents the enormous progress in the fabrication of diverse materials and their utilization as synthetic catalysts. In recent years, there has been an increasing demand for chiral compounds such as single enantiomers, which can be synthesized using asymmetric catalysis and are preferred over the conventional chemical transformation approaches. Notably, the resultant numerous enantiomerically pure chiral products of asymmetric catalysis are of particular interest in diverse fields, including but not limited to medicine, agricultural chemicals, flavors, cosmetics, and materials. For instance, greater quantities of drugs in current use are chiral molecules. Considering these attributes, the focus among researchers has been driven toward the utilization of various multifunctional materials as synthetic catalysts for asymmetric catalysis.
In this regard, tremendous progress has been evidenced by the fabrication of diverse multifunctional materials, such as porous and non-porous architectures using various synthetic strategies, including eco-friendly/green approaches. These innovative and versatile materials include mesoporous silica-based materials, zeolites, and metal-organic/covalent-organic frameworks, with permanent porosity, high surface-to-volume ratio, and ease of surface functionalization. Notably, these materials may thus possess numerous properties such as fluorescence, magnetism, optics, affinity, adsorption, and degradability, among others. Such various innovative composites can not only work as catalysts efficiently, but also act as catalytic supports or auxiliaries towards asymmetric catalysis.
For the benefit of a broad readership, the predominant focus of this Research Topic covers an overview of the many aspects of new trends in the synthesis and utilization of various multifunctional materials and their utilization in asymmetric catalysis. In addition, we will also focus on recent advances in synthetic strategies and plausible mechanistic elucidations relevant to this topic.
Keywords: Porous materials, Asymmetric catalysis, Green synthesis, Organocatalysts-encapsulated materials, Surface functionalization
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