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Giang Vo Thanh, Speaker at Chemical Engineering Conferences
University Paris Saclay, France
Title : Chiral catalysts derived from biomass: Design, synthesis and applications in asymmetric catalysis


The development of new and more efficient catalytic systems is the subject of increasing attention from both academic and industrial research. Moreover, biomass is an endless supply of hydrocarbon materials that can be used as renewable raw materials for the development of new organic compounds. In this context, many research groups have devoted their works to products with a natural chirality source, non-toxic, biodegradable and usually inexpensive for the development of new chiral catalysts. Some new chiral molecules derived from biomass such as carbohydrates, natural aminoacids acid have been synthesized and used as chiral ligands or organocatalysts for asymmetric catalysis leading to the formation of expected products with good yields and high enantiomeric excess. The results of these studies will be presented and discussed in this communication.


Giang Vo-Thanh obtained his Ms in 1994 and his Ph.D in 1997 from the University ‘Pierre et Marie Curie’ (Paris VI, France). After three year postdoctoral fellowships, he took up, in 2000, an academic position as an assistant professor at the University Paris-Sud. In 2006, he obtained his Habilitation diploma and in 2007, he was pointed Full Professor at the University Paris-Sud. His research interests include all aspects of synthetic methodology, including the design and synthesis of chiral ionic liquids and their uses as chiral reaction media (solvent and/or catalyst) in asymmetric synthesis and catalysis, the synthesis of new chiral molecules (amino alcohols, diamines, phosphines, thioureas, thiourea-phosphines, NHC,…) derived from biomass products and their applications as ligands or organocatalysts for asymmetric catalysis, and the preparation of molecules or molecular scaffolds of biological interest.