The List group focuses on the development of new concepts in catalysis. Since 1999, this research group has pioneered the development of organocatalysis as the third pillar of stereoselective catalysis, along side biocatalysis and transition metal catalysis. Among others, proline and TRIP have been used as very effective catalysts in this area. In 2005, List et al. were first to introduce the concept of asymmetric counteranion-directed catalysis (ACDC). In this context, the List group has developed disulfonimide catalysts (“DSI-CataLists”), which can be employed as Brønsted-acid catalysts as well as counteranions in asymmetric organo-Lewis acid catalysis.
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