Issue Date: March 17, 2014
2014 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Awards: Abigail G. Doyle
One of the hottest areas of organic synthesis these days is developing more efficient ways of getting fluorine into complex bioactive organic compounds that are being pursued as new products by pharmaceutical and agricultural chemical companies. While fluorine imparts useful properties into the molecules—such as metabolic control and better binding to a target—it is notoriously hard to handle, and chemists’ options for introducing fluorine into compounds have mostly been limited to using harsh fluorinating reagents . . .
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