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The state of organic synthesis
March 4, 2020

Gaich et al. have recently reported the total synthesis of an extremely complicated molecule, canataxpropellane. We thus wonder, have we reached the limits of synthetic complexity?

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Birch reduction
Re-energizing the Birch reduction
May 9, 2019

Phil S. Baran and his co-workers had made a reality above chemical dreams by the application of Li-ion battery chemistry in synthetic organic electroreduction.

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May 25, 2016

A general alkyl-alkyl cross-coupling enabled by redox-active esters and alkylzinc reagents Activated esters of alkylic acids as building blocks for the…

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Impressive, Most Impressive
May 27, 2015

Practical olefin hydroamination with nitroarenes A new, powerful method to generate quaternary amines without using expensive catalysts. Baran has done it…

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A New Age for Chlorination
February 20, 2015

A Practical Lewis Base Catalyzed Electrophilic Chlorination of Arenes and Heterocycles Mild chlorination method of arenes and heteroarenes. Here you have…

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Drunken Reactions
January 28, 2015

Functionalized olefin cross-coupling to construct carbon-carbon bonds A new method for the generation of quaternary centers using Fe catalysis. Some years…

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Methylation Made Simpler
December 9, 2014

C–H Methylation of Heteroarenes Inspired by Radical SAM Methyl Transferase A commercial reagent that you can use to introduce methyl groups…

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Radical Indeed
October 1, 2011

Practical Radical Cyclizations with Arylboronic Acids and Trifluoroborates A practical radical cyclization using boronic acids and trifluoroborates. Hmmm, this came like…

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Heterocyclic CF3
October 1, 2011

Innate C-H trifluoromethylation of heterocycles Introduction of the trifluoromethyl moiety into heterocycles. I admit that I almost missed this paper. Honestly,…

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