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Dr Christopher Cordier
Imperial College London
Catalysis involves the use of a self-regenerating molecular to bind to, and activate simple, unreactive molecules toward a specific bond formation with other simple molecules. Dual catalysis goes further, by using two catalysts with each independently activate a different simple organic molecule and allows previously unimaginable transformations to occur under much milder reactions conditions and at much faster rates. We have made great strides in this area, moving beyond proof-of-concept of this idea and focusing on long-held challenges in molecule synthesis. An unexpected outcome of this strategy to molecular building has been the necessary focus on how each catalyst functions independently. Our recent publications in this area have uncovered new reactivity paradigms in how copper catalysts can activate small molecules toward bond formation at specific sites of an organic substrate. These findings have lead to notable rate enhancements, selectivity outcomes, and new ways of approaching copper catalysis en route to our more general goals of applying dual catalysis.
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