For its January issue, NJC is pleased to showcase its very first Focus article, illustrated on the outside cover. In this inaugural NJC Focus, Robert H. Crabtree, from Yale University, CT, USA, highlights the non-innocent role of ligands in modifying reactivity at a metal centre in an article entitled ‘Multifunctional Ligands in Transition Metal Catalysis’.
Multifunctional Ligands in Transition Metal Catalysis, Robert H. Crabtree, New J. Chem., 2011, 35, 18-23, DOI:10.1039/C0NJ00776E, Focus
The NJC Focus format is a new and exciting review article type for NJC, in which leading authors in their field are invited to review a research topic of high current interest, focusing on the most important results that have been obtained. The Focus summarizes the key results and identifies where the breakthroughs occurred and their impact. It concludes with the challenges that are currently facing workers in the field and the future directions of research in this area.
NJC issue 1, 2011 inside cover was produced by Jonathan S. Lindsey and colleagues for their article entitled Abiotic formation of uroporphyrinogen and coproporphyrinogen from acyclic reactants. In this article, the authors have looked at the hypothetical pre-biotic synthesis of tetrapyrroles and designed an enzyme free synthesis of nature’s universal precursor to the ‘pigments of life’ (corrins, heme, chlorophylls). Read all about it here.
Abiotic formation of uroporphyrinogen and coproporphyrinogen from acyclic reactants, Jonathan S. Lindsey, Vanampally Chandrashaker, Masahiko Taniguchi and Marcin Ptaszek, New J. Chem., 2011, 35, 65-75, DOI: 10.139/C0NJ00716A, Paper