This site is based upon the research interests of Chris Richards at the University of East Anglia which focus on the identification and development of chiral catalysts for application in asymmetric synthesis. This technology is applicable to the discovery and manufacture of chiral bioactive compounds, key pathways in the provision of small-molecule medicines for the treatment of disease. Extensive use is made of air-stable metallocenes and metallacycles, with these complexes typically containing multiple chirality elements.

Expertise in the group may be summarised by the following three headings:

i) Ligand discovery and optimisation for metal catalysed asymmetric synthesis.

ii) Metallacycles as catalysts and precatalysts in asymmetric synthesis.

iii) Sequential catalysis and the synthesis of bioactive compounds.

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