Volume 89 Issue 40 | p. 34 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 3, 2011

Silanediols Debut As New Catalyst Class

Hydrogen bond donor compounds join other metal-free catalysts in the organic synthesis tool box
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: silanediol, hydrogen bonding, catalysis

The hydrogen-bonding abilities of silanediols have been harnessed to activate nitroalkenes toward nucleophilic attack, demonstrating that silanediols are an effective new class of noncovalent, metal-free catalysts (Org. Lett., DOI: 10.1021/ol2021115). Andrew G. Schafer, Joshua M. Wieting, and Anita E. Mattson of Ohio State University note that the ability of silanediols to recognize and bind anions such as acetate and chloride had . . .

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