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The I’s have it- 1,2-diamination of unactivated olefins using catalytic iodine

Any new synthetic methodology, as well as advancing the state of the art, should also consider a few other key criteria, one of which is to build complexity from common feedstock materials- ideally using cheap and environmentally friendly reagents and raw materials. Unactivated (or unsubstituted) olefins, used largely by the polymer industry, represent a rich

Call For Papers 2021

Do you have a topic that you would like to share with our international audience of organic chemists? We are currently inviting speakers to present technical papers at our events this year.   Flow Chemistry & Continuous Processing Conference – ONLINE – 10-11 May Catalysis in the Fine Chemicals Industries Conference – ONLINE – 2-3

Interview with Dr David Barnes from Abbvie who is speaking at our Organic Process R&D Conference in Clearwater, Florida 9-11 March.

Dr John Studley (JS) from Scientific Update spoke to Dr David Barnes (DB) from Abbvie in the US  ahead of our ‘Organic Process Research and Development’ Conference which is taking place in Clearwater, Florida on 9-11 March. We are looking forward to your presentation ‘Discovery of Novel Catalytic Technologies in the Development of Complex Clinical

A Nifty Thrifty Route to Photoredox Catalysis

One of the most significant technological advancements in synthetic organic chemistry in recent years is the use of photoredox catalysis to generate synthetically useful radical intermediates and promote novel reactivity. It has the potential to enable exploration of chemical space that remains difficult to access using traditional synthetic methodology and too improve the efficiency of

Interview with Dr David Leahy, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, USA

Dr John Studley, Scientific Director at Scientific Update recently spoke to Dr David Leahy, Takeda, USA ahead of his presentaion at the 2019 Catalysis in the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Industry Conference in Lucerne, Switzerland. David will talk about “A Pharmaceutical Industry Perspective on Sustainable Metal Catalysis”- following on from his paper published recently in Organometallics

Interview with Prof. Ben List, Max Planck Inst., Germany

Dr John Studley, Scientific Director at Scientific Update recently spoke to Professor Ben List, Max Planck Institute, Germany ahead of his Key Note lecture at the 2019 Catalysis in the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Industry Conference, in Lucerne, Switzerland. Ben will talk about “how we have designed and developed a novel class of extremely reactive

Intermolecular reductive C-N cross coupling of nitroarenes and boronic acids by P(III) / P(V)=O catalysis

When approaching the synthesis of an aryl- or heteroaryl- amine most people would turn to a suitable transition metal (Pd, Cu or Ni) catalysed C-N cross-coupling reaction- most likely a Buchwald-Hartwig reaction, or, if this has limited success, Ullmann or Chan-Evans-Lam couplings.1 Photoredox approaches using aryloxy amides as a source of amidyl radicals began a trend

All about the base- or lack of it! Base-free nickel catalysed decarbonylative Suzuki-Miyaura coupling of acid fluorides

Figure 1: Suzuki-Miyaura Coupling   It’s a reaction that most organic chemists have run at some stage in their careers and is almost certainly in the running for the most widely used C-C bond forming reaction. First reported in 1979, the Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling between an organoboron nucleophile and an aryl halide electrophile is still ubiquitous in

Oiling the cogs- Practical tips, useful facts and resources: Organometallic highlight:

The generation of lithium-alkoxide based aryl and heteroaryl Grignard reagents by Mg-Br/Cl exchange in toluene- increased reactivity and wide applicability. Organomagnesium-based organometallics are used extensively in organic chemistry.[1] Historically the reagents were prepared by direct insertion of magnesium metal into organic halides. With demand for more industrially applicable methods, halogen-magnesium exchange using alkyl magnesium halides

Reagent of the month: Lithium Aluminium hydride

One might think that this hard-hitting, students best friend (it will reduce just about anything given the right conditions and is the go-to reducing agent for exam questions involving a reduction) has little more to offer to the practising chemist. However, a recent paper by Harder etal (Angew Chem Int Ed. 2018, 57(24), 7156) demonstrates

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