Jacek Mlynarski

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Asymmetric organometallic and organocatalytic processes in aqueous systems are currently of great interest. A few years ago, only a few practitioners studied the subject; now organic reactions in water have become one of the most exciting research areas. The quest to identify water-compatible catalysts has evoked an intense search for new possibilities.(More)
Nature has perfected the stereospecific aldol reaction by using aldolase enzymes. While virtually all the biochemical aldol reactions use unmodified donor and acceptor carbonyls and take place under catalytic control in an aqueous environment, the chemical domain of the aldol addition has mostly relied on prior transformation of carbonyl substrates, and the(More)
In this article the utility of water-compatible amino-acid-based catalysts was explored in the development of diastereo- and enantioselective direct aldol reactions of a broad range of substrates. Chiral C(2)-symmetrical proline- and valine-based amides and their Zn(II) complexes were designed for use as efficient and flexible chiral catalysts for(More)
This article presents comprehensive studies on the application of primary, secondary, and tertiary amines as efficient organocatalysts for the de novo synthesis of ketoses and deoxyketoses. Mimicking the actions of aldolase enzymes, the synthesis of selected carbohydrates was accomplished in aqueous media by using proline- and serine-based organocatalysts.(More)
Asymmetric reactions in water and in aqueous solutions have become an area of fast growing interest recently. Although for a long time neglected as a medium for organic reactions, water has attracted attention as the most widely distributed solvent in the world. Indeed, water is the solvent used by nature for biological chemistry including aldol reactions(More)
The first total synthesis of the antiviral agent cycloviracin B1 (1) is described which provisionally establishes the hitherto unknown configuration of the chiral centers on the lateral fatty acid chains as (3R,19S,25R,3'R,17'S,23'R). Key steps en route to this glycolipid include a highly efficient template-directed macrodilactonization step for the(More)
The key role of carbohydrates in biological processes and their visible existence in our everyday life have stimulated the interest of leading research groups on the smart and simple synthesis of common and rare sugar molecules. Now, more than 120 years after Fischer's first synthesis of (D)-glucose (1890), we are witnessing important development in this(More)
The asymmetric direct aldol condensation of aldehydes with ethyl- and propylketones is catalyzed by syn-alpha-aminoalcohol-Yb(OTf)3 complexes, yielding the anti-1,3-diol monoesters with high diastereocontrol and good enantioselectivity. Three adjacent stereogenic centers are created in a simultaneous aldol condensation and Evans-Tishchenko reduction in an(More)
The addition of chiral 2,2'-(2,6-pyridinediyl)bis(4-isopropyl-2-oxazoline) (iPr-Pybox) to a self-assembled Co(II)–[W(V)(CN)(8)] magnetic system gives two enantiomorphic cyano-bridged chains, {[Co(II)((S,S)-iPr-Pybox)(MeOH)](3)[W(V)(CN)(8)](2)·5.5MeOH·0.5H(2)O}(n) (1-SS) and {[Co(II)((R,R)-iPr-Pybox) (MeOH)](3)[W(V)(CN)(8)](2)·5.5MeOH·0.5H(2)O}(n) (1-RR).(More)
IO N We describe herein the fi rst example of an electrochromic Bragg mirror (ECBM), combining nanoporous multilayers made of NiO and WO 3 nanoparticles. Because NiO and WO 3 are complementary in their coloration effects (e.g. cathodic coloration for WO 3 and anodic coloration for NiO) [ 1 ] and their corresponding change in refractive index, tunability can(More)