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The advent and development of organocatalysis.

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chemistry, Ions, Hydrogen Bonding, History, 21st Century, History, 20th Century, methods, history, Chemistry, Organic, Catalysis

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      The use of small organic molecules as catalysts has been known for more than a century. But only in the past decade has organocatalysis become a thriving area of general concepts and widely applicable asymmetric reactions. Here I present my opinion on why the field of organocatalysis has blossomed so dramatically over the past decade.

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      10.1038/nature07367
      18800128

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