Biomimetic catalysis

Louis Marchetti, Mindy Levine

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The field of biomimetic chemistry encompasses a wide variety of subfields, including biomimetic catalysis, bioinspired self-assembly, and biomimetic reactions in total synthesis. Reviewed herein are select examples of biomimetic catalysis using macrocycles and polymeric catalysts. Such catalysts have been used in a variety of synthetic reactions, including several examples of Diels-Alder cycloadditions. Moreover, biomimetic catalysis has influenced the development of the highly active research area of organocatalysis. Several examples of the connections between biomimetic catalysis and organocatalysis are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1090-1118
Number of pages29
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2 Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • biomimetic
  • catalysis
  • cyclodextrin
  • hydrophobic effect
  • polyethyleneimine


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