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Enantioselective Synthesis of ()-Maoecrystal V by Enantiodetermining CH FunctionalizationArmen Zakarian,Huw M. L. Davies et al.,J. Am. Chem. Soc.2014, 136, 17738 [PDF] [SI] [AZ GROUP] [HMLD GROUP]DOI:10.1021/ja510573vThis is the second part of my coverage of...
Enantioselective Total Synthesis of ()-Maoecrystal VRegan J. Thompson et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 17750[PDF] [SI] [GROUP]DOI:10.1021/ja5109694Maoecrystal Vas the advanced nature of its final letter impliesis one of a great many unusual terpinoids from...
So, if you've been reading the chemical literature much in the last 5 years or so, you've probably noticed the ongoing explosion of papers on the topic of Photoredox chemistry. It seems that organic chemists in the field have been borrowing increasingly bizarre...

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 Before you hurry to check JACS, I made this myself.The ongoing trend towards more colourful graphical abstracts is a perennial topic for discussion around the blogosphere.[1] Rather than draw attention to recent crimes against chemical decency, many of...
Thanks to a recent xkcd comic I've just discovered a wonderfully concise new way to communicate non-overlapping Venn Diagrams:Fromhttp://xkcd.com/1180/For example, here's a statement my boss made last week expounded thus:I quite enjoy thecontradictionbetween...
Or: Somewhat Like CookingWe all know what its like to be desperate for a reaction to work; to need a result so badly, or to have a supervisor breathing down our necks, telling us that something must be possible. Im sure all bench chemists can remember searching...

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AKA the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.Organometallics aside, the greatest advance since the days of Fieser and Fieser isn’t the development of new chemical transformations [1]. Rather, it’s the gradual replacement of hazardous or toxic reagents with...
AKA the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.Organometallics aside, the greatest advance since the days of Fieser and Fieser isn’t the development of new chemical transformations [1]. Rather, it’s the gradual replacement of hazardous or toxic reagents with...
*This post is dedicated to BRSM, on the occasion of his move to the United States*Let’s talk language. Time, geographical separation, and the odd rebellion have pulled the United States and the United Kingdom apart, and this has left it’s mark on...