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The front cover of issue 8 features work by Matthew Fuchter and co-workers from Imperial College London and Pfizer Ltd in Sandwich. The team developed a route to give allylic alcohols from α,β-unsaturated ketones using calcium triflate to replace cerium(III) chloride. This procedure also accomplished the regioselective 1,2-reduction of challenging α,β-unsaturated ketones such as 2-cyclopentenone with very good selectivity, and is suitable for the stereoselective reduction of α,β-aziridinyl ketones.
Lanthanide replacement in organic synthesis: Luche-type reduction of α,β-unsaturated ketones in the presence of calcium triflate, Nina V. Forkel, David A. Henderson and Matthew J. Fuchter, Green Chem., 2012, 14, 2129-2132.
The inside front cover highlights work by Man Bock Gu and colleagues from Korea University in Seoul, who report the carbonic anhydrase-assisted formation of biomineralized calcium carbonate crystalline composites (CCCCs). These materials were shown to be effective biocatalysts retaining 43% of the free carbonic anhydrase esterase activity. The catalysts were stable for more than 50 days at room temperature, could be recovered easily using magnet-based separation and retained their activity over 10 repeated usages.
Carbonic anhydrase assisted calcium carbonate crystalline composites as a biocatalyst, Ee Taek Hwang, Haemin Gang, Jinyang Chung and Man Bock Gu, Green Chem., 2012, 14, 2216-2220
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