Volume 92 Issue 23 | p. 9 | News of The Week
Issue Date: June 9, 2014 | Web Date: June 6, 2014

A Marriage Of Catalysts

Organic Synthesis: Photoredox, nickel catalyses merge in cross-coupling
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Organic SCENE
Keywords: photoredox catalysis, nickel catalysis, cross-coupling

By combining photoredox catalysis with nickel catalysis, chemists have managed to broaden the scope of cross-coupling reactions. The new method, developed independently by two different research teams, will allow molecule makers to readily form carbon-carbon bonds that were tough to forge with previously developed cross-coupling reactions.

Cross-coupling reactions have been transformational in their ability to construct carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bonds, notes the University of Pennsylvania’s Gary A. Molander, one of the researchers who . . .

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