What we’ve been reading

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

The Isolation of [Pd{OC(O)H}(H)(NHC)(PR3)] and Its Role in Alkene and Alkyne Reductions Using Formic Acid
Julie Broggi, Václav Jurčík, Olivier Songis, Albert Poater, Luigi Cavallo, Alexandra M. Z. Slawin, and Catherine S. J. Cazin
J. Am. Chem. Soc. DOI: 10.1021/ja311087c

Simplifying Nickel(0) Catalysis: An Air-Stable Nickel Precatalyst for the Internally Selective Benzylation of Terminal Alkenes
Eric A. Standley and Timothy F. Jamison
J. Am. Chem. Soc. DOI: 10.1021/ja3116718

Ni-Catalyzed Direct Carboxylation of Benzyl Halides with CO2
Thierry León , Arkaitz Correa , and Ruben Martin
J. Am. Chem. Soc. DOI: 10.1021/ja311045f

Free-Radical-Mediated [2 + 2 + 1] Cycloaddition of Acetylenes, Amidines, and CO Leading to Five-Membered α,β-Unsaturated Lactams
Takahide Fukuyama , Nao Nakashima , Takuma Okada , and Ilhyong Ryu
J. Am. Chem. Soc. DOI:10.1021/ja312654q

Carbofluorination via a palladium-catalyzed cascade reaction
Marie-Gabrielle Braun , Matthew H. Katcher and Abigail G. Doyle
Chem. Sci. DOI: 10.1039/C2SC22198E

The role of organometallic copper(III) complexes in homogeneous catalysis
Alicia Casitas and Xavi Ribas
Chem. Sci. DOI: 10.1039/C3SC21818J

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