What we’ve been reading this week

Each week we’ll be posting a list of articles we’ve been reading and found interesting but haven’t been able to feature individually.

Nickel-Catalyzed Carbon-Carbon Bond-Forming Reactions of Unactivated Tertiary Alkyl Halides: Suzuki Arylations.
Susan L. Zultanski and Gregory C. Fu
J. Am. Chem. Soc. DOI:10.1021/ja311669p

Exploiting the Modularity of Ion-Paired Chiral Ligands for Palladium-Catalyzed Enantioselective Allylation of Benzofuran-2(3H)-ones
Kohsuke Ohmatsu, Mitsunori Ito, Tomoatsu Kunieda, and Takashi Ooi
J. Am. Chem. Soc. DOI: 10.1021/ja312125a

A great example of tuning a modular catalyst to give high selectivity.

A supramolecular approach to combining enzymatic and transition metal catalysis
Z. Jane Wang, Kristen N. Clary, Robert G. Bergman, Kenneth N. Raymond and F. Dean Toste
Nature Chem. DOI: 10.1038/nchem.1531

A Powerful Aluminum Catalyst for the Synthesis of Highly Functional Organic Carbonates
Christopher J. Whiteoak, Nicola Kielland, Victor Laserna, Eduardo C. Escudero-Adán, Eddy Martin, and Arjan W. Kleij
J. Am. Chem. Soc. DOI: 10.1021/ja311053h

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