Issue Date: April 9, 2012
Silanediol Catalysts Take The Stage
Silanediols have joined the ranks of metal-free alternatives for catalyzing addition reactions. At the American Chemical Society national meeting in San Diego last month, two research groups recounted their discovery and initial study of the organocatalysts, which take advantage of hydrogen bonding to activate organic molecules for addition reactions.
Although the work is still in its infancy, the researchers said, the experimental findings suggest that chemists should consider silanediols when looking for low-cost, low-toxicity, air-stable . . .
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