Thursday, August 27, 2015

Taking a cue from nature: Turning alcohols into alkylating agents

Researchers have developed a dual catalyst system that directly installs alkyl groups -- fragments containing singly bonded carbon and hydrogen atoms that have extremely useful properties for drug discovery -- onto compounds called heteroarenes. The reported transformation is the first to successfully use alcohols as reagents in the so-called alkylation reaction.

from Geochemistry News -- ScienceDaily

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