The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2001     

Chirally catalysed oxidations

K. Barry Sharpless
The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California, USA

Parallel with the advances in chirally catalysed hydrogenation reactions, Barry Sharpless has developed corresponding chiral catalysts for other important reactions, oxidation reactions. He has made several important discoveries, such as for chirally catalysed epoxidation, which utilises titanium in a chiral molecule. Epoxides are useful intermediate products for various types of synthesis, including the production of drugs for reducing blood pressure.

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