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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...
I went to SciFoo this year. This is an invitation-only, 200-person event at Google HQ in Mountain View, organized by O’Reilly and Nature. I’d been invited before, only for it to clash badly with the start of the Sydney semester and the start of...