Volume 89 Issue 38 | p. 29 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 19, 2011

Rule breaking Leads to Primary Alcohols …

One-pot reaction circumvents classic tenet governing additions to double bonds
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: catalysis, alcohols, organometallic chemistry

By linking three processes in one pot, chemists have taken a step toward a greener alternative to hydroboration/oxidation, the classic two-step method for forming primary alcohols from alkenes (Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1208685). Obtaining primary alcohols through hydroboration requires stoichiometric amounts of reagents. To find a catalytic alternative, Caltech’s Robert H. Grubbs, Guangbin Dong, Peili Teo, and . . .

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