Volume 93 Issue 32 | p. 49 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 17, 2015

Organic Reducing Agent Sets New Record

Electron Donors: Bispyridinylidene has the highest known redox potential for a neutral organic molecule, rivaling alkali metals
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Organic SCENE
Keywords: reducing agent, electron donor, redox

Organic electron donors with exceptionally negative redox potentials have emerged as new reagents in organic synthesis to complement traditional metal-based reducing agents. Chemists led by John A. Murphy of the University of Strathclyde, in Scotland, and C. Adam Dyker of the University of New Brunswick, in Canada, have pushed this class of compounds to a new level by designing and synthesizing a substituted bispyridinylidene that is the . . .

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