Issue Date: October 3, 2011
Silanediols Debut As New Catalyst Class
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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