This book provides an excellent overview on state-of-the-art of modern organocatalysis. It presents the contributions from leading experts, with backgrounds in academia and industry, to an Ernst Schering Research Foundation Symposium held in April 2007. It will be of interest to those who want a general overview of the topic, but also to those who want to learn more about the state-of-the-art, current trends and perspectives in this highly dynamic field of research.
When I was approached by Wiley to edit a book on ionic liquids in biotransformations
and organocatalysis, the spontaneous question that quickly came to my mind was, is
there a gap for such a book ? The fi eld of ionic liquids applied to biotransformations
and organocatalysis has developed enormously during the last two decades. Therefore,
the realization of a book that could gather, categorize, and provide an updated and
complete state - of - the - art in these areas was clearly a demand.
Organic synthesis is at the heart of chemistry. Although today interdisciplinary areas between
chemistry and biology or between chemistry and material sciences are ofien believed to provide
the main driving forces for the advancement of chemistry