Córdova's References | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 85 Issue 31 | p. 6 | Letters
Issue Date: July 30, 2007

Córdova's References

Department: Letters

C&EN gave extensive coverage to questions about the research publications of Armando C??rdova of Stockholm University and mentioned four papers in particular (March 12, page 35). I have not met C??rdova and I am familiar neither with the other three papers nor with the controversy surrounding them. I am, however, familiar with the fourth paper (Tetrahedron Lett. 2006, 47, 99) because I chose to highlight it (www.organic-chemistry.org/Highlights/2007/26February.shtm).

In this paper, Córdova reported that an inexpensive catalyst for the asymmetric epoxidation of an α,β-unsaturated aldehyde works as well as the more expensive catalyst previously reported by Karl Anker Jørgensen of Aarhus University, Denmark (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 6964). I had also highlighted that paper. In my opinion, Córdova appropriately referenced Jørgensen's work.

Douglass F. Taber
Newark, Del.

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