>The preparation of enantiomerically pure compounds is of great importance in society today, in particular in pharmaceutical chemistry and in the agrochemical sector. Kinetic resolution is a popular method for differentiating two enantiomers in a racemic mixture that react at different rates with a chiral catalyst or reagent. The drawback of kinetic resolution is that the yield of one pure enantiomer is limited to a maximum of 50%. To overcome this limitation, an in situ racemization of the starting material can be combined with a kinetic resolution. This combination leads to a so called “dynamic kinetic resolution” (DKR), where the two enantiomers are in equilibrium with one another. The slow-reacting enantiomer will continuously be converted into the fast-reacting one, when the latter is transformed into the enantiomerically pure product. Thus, a racemic starting material can be transformed in catalytic processes into a single isomer of a chiral compound in up to 100% yield.

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