Method in organic chemistry

In organic chemistry, organocatalysis is a form of catalysis where the rate of a chemical reaction grows by an organic catalyst. They are made up of carbon, hydrogen, sulfur and other nonmetal elements found in organic compounds.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Organic chemists David MacMillan and Benjamin List both won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on asymmetric organocatalysis.[7]


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  7. "2021 Nobel Prize in chemistry". Nobel Prize. Nobel Prize. Retrieved 6 October 2021.