Heck Reaction Goes Silyl | April 2, 2012 Issue - Vol. 90 Issue 14 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 14 | p. 9 | News of The Week
Issue Date: April 2, 2012

Heck Reaction Goes Silyl

ACS Meeting News: Ligand enables silicon variant of familiar palladium-catalyzed chemistry
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: Catalysis, organometallic chemistry, silicon, palladium, Heck reaction

By designing a “goldilocks” catalyst—one with just the right balance of size and electron-donating properties—University of Delaware chemists have added a new reaction to the tool kit for forming carbon-silicon bonds.

The process converts alkenes, which are easily accessible starting materials, to vinylsilanes and allylsilanes, reagents with applications in several branches of synthesis. Donald A. Watson, who led the research, presented the work last week at the American Chemical Society’s national . . .

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