Zapping Diels-Alder reactions | March 2, 2016 Issue - Vol. 94 Issue 10 | Chemical & Engineering News
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Issue Date: March 7, 2016 | Web Date: March 2, 2016

Zapping Diels-Alder reactions

Electric field spurs reagents to join up in a non-redox transformation
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Organic SCENE
Keywords: Diels-Alder, electric field

In a discovery that might come as a shock—or, at the very least, an electric shock—chemists have found that a properly oriented external electric field can nudge two reagents to hook up with one another in a Diels-Alder reaction. The fundamental discovery expands chemists’ knowledge of how electricity can drive synthesis and catalysis (Nature 2016, DOI: 10.1038/nature16989).

Chemists have long used electricity to trigger redox reactions. And theorists . . .

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