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Applications of chiral C3-symmetric molecules

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Throughout history symmetry and chirality have inspired artists and scientists alike. Given that rotational axes are the only elements of symmetry compatible with chirality, it is not surprising that C2- and C3-symmetrical molecules have attracted considerable attention. In recent years, the aesthetic appeal of C2-symmetrical molecules has been translated into many widely-used applications some of which are of commercial importance by its exploitation in the area of asymmetric catalysis. In contrast, exploitation of the arguably greater aesthetic appeal of C3-symmetric molecules is still in its infancy. This review, which surveys the applications of chiral C3-symmetrical molecules in the areas of asymmetric catalysis, molecular recognition and nanoarchitecture, has been designed with a view to identifying some of the most promising areas of application of these very beautiful molecules.

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The article was received on 14 Feb 2006, accepted on 07 Mar 2006 and first published on 22 Mar 2006

Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/B602237E
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2006,0, 3045-3062
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    Applications of chiral C3-symmetric molecules

    S. E. Gibson and M. P. Castaldi, Chem. Commun., 2006, 0, 3045
    DOI: 10.1039/B602237E

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