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The next focus on copper-catalyzed reactions is direct C-H functionalization.  You may be able to tell from past posts that I have a special place in my heart for direct functionalization of C-H bonds.  A few recent papers use copper to achieve these...
Lu and coworkers from the Tsinghua University in Shenzhen, China have just published a method in Org. Lett. to create a combined isoindolinone and 1,4-dihydropyrazine core by copper-catalyzed direct C-H amination, with the goal of creating a new scaffold...
A Science Express paper (doi: 10.1126/science.1204183) just came out by Shannon Stahl's group (Wisconsin-Madison) featuring chemistry that can aromatize substituted cyclohexanones or cyclohexenones to phenols using a palladium catalyst.  This...

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It's been a long time since I've posted. I admit it. I'm not happy about it, but my energies have been unbelievably sapped. I attended an event last weekend that revitalized my faith in science as something FUN, though. (Note: this is the same post that I've...
M. Christina White from UIUC has again hit Science with her direct C-H functionalization chemistry in the January 29th issue (doi: 10.1126/science.1183602). As an alternate route to traditional functional group modification, White's group, and those of...
The next focus on copper-catalyzed reactions is direct C-H functionalization.  You may be able to tell from past posts that I have a special place in my heart for direct functionalization of C-H bonds.  A few recent papers use copper to achieve these...

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I am continuously impressed by the publications that have appeared since Prof. Keith Fagnou’s shocking passing a little over a year ago. The chemical community still mourns; it is clear from these post-mortem publications that Fagnou’s – and...