Ainara Lecumberri Munárriz recently defended her PhD thesis at the Public University of Navarre, in which the applicability of new inductors derived from camphor in asymmetric alkylation and Diels-Alder reactions was studied.
Spatially selective synthesis
Assymetric synthesis is the process by which the molecule is made to react solely on one side. This is of interest because carbons are tetrahedral and the properties of the molecules depend on how their atoms are situated in space. In order to understand the importance of this process, we can look to the thalidomide drug of the 1970s, which was given to pregnant women to allay vomiting. The medicine had a spatial formation which, while stopping vomiting, caused malformations in the fetus, and the result was children born without hands, or arms or legs. It was as a result of this that the synthesis f molecules with a specific spatial situation was seen to be significant and, since then, great importance has been attached to stereoselective or ‘spatially selective’ synthesis.
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