In the spotlight: Catalysis

Graphical abstract: Experimental and quantum chemical characterization of the water oxidation cycle catalysed by [RuII(damp)(bpy)(H2O)]2+Catalysis is all around us, from the enzymatic reactions in our body to the synthesis of fuels and medicines. Quite rightly, it forms an important part of Chemical Science too.  

We’ve gathered together some recent catalysis Edge articles and reviews for your perusal. If you enjoy these, sign up for the Chemical Science e-alert to be notified when the next issue is out.  

Synergistic catalysis: A powerful synthetic strategy for new reaction development
Anna E. Allen and David W. C. MacMillan
Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 633-658  (free to access until 11th July)

Rh(I)-catalyzed enantioselective intramolecular hydroarylation of unactivated ketones with aryl pinacolboronic esters
Gary M. Gallego and Richmond Sarpong
Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 1338-1342

Catalytic intermolecular hydroacylation of C–C π-bonds in the absence of chelation assistance
Joyce C. Leung and Michael J. Krische
Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 2202-2209 (free to access until 11th July)

Hindered biaryls by C–H coupling: bisoxazoline-Pd catalysis leading to enantioselective C–H coupling
Kazuya Yamaguchi, Junichiro Yamaguchi, Armido Studer and Kenichiro Itami
Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 2165-2169

Cavity-induced enantioselectivity reversal in a chiral metal–organic framework Brønsted acid catalyst
Min Zheng, Yan Liu, Cheng Wang, Shubin Liu and Wenbin Lin
Chem. Sci., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2SC20379K

Artificial chirogenesis: a gateway to new opportunities in material science and catalysis
Martha V. Escárcega-Bobadilla and Arjan W. Kleij
Chem. Sci., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2SC20381B (free to access until 11th July)

Selective liquid phase oxidation with supported metal nanoparticles
Nikolaos Dimitratos, Jose A. Lopez-Sanchez and Graham J. Hutchings
Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 20-44 (free to access until 11th July)

Enhanced photocatalytic activity of hybrid Fe2O3–Pd nanoparticulate catalysts
Yanhu Wei, Shuangbing Han, David A. Walker, Scott C. Warren and Bartosz A. Grzybowski
Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 1090-1094

Active phase evolution in single Ni/Al2O3 methanation catalyst bodies studied in real time using combined μ-XRD-CT and μ-absorption-CT
Matthew G. O’Brien, Simon D. M. Jacques, Marco Di Michiel, Paul Barnes, Bert M. Weckhuysen and Andrew M. Beale
Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 509-523

Lanthanide ions as required cofactors for DNA catalysts
Victor Dokukin and Scott K. Silverman
Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 1707-1714

Molecular scaffolds with remote directing groups for selective palladium-catalyzed C–H bond functionalizations
Erin E. Stache, Curtis A. Seizert and Eric M. Ferreira
Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 1623-1628

Experimental and quantum chemical characterization of the water oxidation cycle catalysed by [RuII(damp)(bpy)(H2O)]2+
Laura Vigara, Mehmed Z. Ertem, Nora Planas, Fernando Bozoglian, Nils Leidel, Holger Dau, Michael Haumann, Laura Gagliardi, Christopher J. Cramer and Antoni Llobet
Chem. Sci., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2SC20399E

Hydrogenases and oxygen
Martin Tillmann Stiebritz and Markus Reiher
Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 1739-1751 (free to access until 11th July)

Also of interest: Outstanding organocatalysis: an article collection

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