Editor’s Collection: Santanu Mukherjee

In this month’s Editor’s collection, Associate Editor Professor Santanu Mukherjee is excited to share some of his favorite recent Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry articles

The Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry Editor’s collection is a showcase of some of the best articles published in the journal, hand selected by our Associate Editors and Editorial Board members. For this month’s selection, Associate Editor Professor Santanu Mukherjee has highlighted some of his favorite recent works. Take a look at what he thought of the articles below, and find out more about the research and the researchers behind the papers in our interviews with the authors.

Santanu’s Selection: 

Mannich-type allylic C–H functionalization of enol silyl ethers under photoredox–thiol hybrid catalysis

Tsubasa Nakashima, Kohsuke Ohmatsu and Takashi Ooi

Santanu’s comment: “Silyl enol ethers are nucleophilic at α-position and their reaction with electrophiles results in α‑functionalization of carbonyls. The work described in this communication bypasses this conventional reactivity of silyl enol ethers under photoredox-thiol hybrid catalysis to effect β-functionalization of ketones through allylic C–H functionalization of cyclic and acyclic silyl enol ethers.”

Find out more in our interview with the authors


Beyond osmium: progress in 1,2-aminooxygenation of alkenes, 1,3-dienes, alkynes,and allenes

Brett N. Hemric

Santanu’s comment: “1,2-Heterodifunctionalization of olefins is an important synthetic transformation, in which 1,2-amino oxygenation occupies a special place. While osmium-catalyzed aminohydroxylation of olefins is a rather well-established method, a number of other strategies are available for carrying out 1,2-amino oxygenation of olefins, even enantioselectively. This comprehensive review beautifully summarises osmium-free 1,2‑amino oxygenation reactions not only of alkenes, but also of 1,3-dienes, alkynes, and allenes.”

Find out more in our interview with the author


Recent advances in the direct O-arylation of carbohydrates

Victoria Dimakos and Mark S. Taylor

Santanu’s comment: “O-Aryl glycosides can be found in a variety of natural products having significant bioactivity. The direct C(sp2)–O bond formation between a (hetero)arene derivative and a hydroxy group of carbohydrates presents an attractive synthetic strategy. Recent developments in this direction are reviewed in this article.”

Find out more in our interview with the authors


Tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane Catalyzed C−C and C−heteroatom Bond Formation

Gautam Kumar, Sourav Roy and Indranil Chatterjee

Santanu’s comment: “The recent emergence of tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane (BCF) as Lewis acid catalyst has led to the development of a large number of metal-free transformations. This review highlights the most recent examples of BFC-catalyzed (or co-catalyzed) transformations.”

Find out more in our interview with the authors


Meet the Editor:

Santanu Mukherjee, OBC Associate Editor

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9651-6228

Santanu Mukherjee obtained his BSc (Chemistry Honors) from R. K. Mission Residential College, Narendrapur (2000) and MSc (Chemistry) from IIT, Kanpur (2002). After completing his doctoral studies with Professor Albrecht Berkessel at Universität zu Köln in 2006, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Benjamin List at Max-Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr (2006-2008) and subsequently with Professor E. J. Corey at Harvard University (2008-2010). In 2010, he returned to India to join the Department of Organic Chemistry at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. He is a recipient of Thieme Chemistry Journals Award (2011), Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Medal for Young Scientists (2014) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2018).

His research interests primarily revolve around asymmetric catalysis with particular emphasis on the discovery of new enantioselective transformations. His research group mostly relies on hydrogen bonding, Lewis base and bifunctional catalysis. More recently, he is looking to expand his research activities in the realm of iridium-catalyzed asymmetric allylic substitution reactions.

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