Physical organic chemistry: An article collection

A free collection of high impact articles on physical organic chemistry from the RSC’s ChemComm, Chemical Science and Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry (OBC).

Model of a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbonPhysical organic chemistry, the study of the underlying principles and rationale of organic reactions which looks at the interrelationships between the structure and reactivity of organic molecules, now encompasses a wider range of contexts than ever before

Making use of tools such as chemical kinetics, quantum chemistry, thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium and computational chemistry, to name but a few, researchers are investigating topics such as:

  • Supramolecular interactions, aggregation and reactivity
  • The computation of transition states and mechanisms
  • Molecular recognition, reactions and catalysis in biology
  • Materials where molecular structure controls function
  • Structure activity correlations
  • Mechanisms in synthesis and catalysis

To highlight some of the cutting edge research that ChemComm, Chemical Science and Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry publish we have collected a selection of articles for you to enjoy. These will be free to access until 25th September!

On a so-called “kinetic anomeric effect” in chemical glycosylation, Ian Cumpstey, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2012, 10, 2503-2508

An experimental estimate of the relative aromaticity of the cyclooctatetraene dianion by fusion to dimethyldihydropyrene, Reginald H. Mitchell, Pengrong Zhang, David J. Berg and Richard Vaughan Williams, Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 8144-8146

Mechanistic understanding of Rh-catalyzed N-sulfonylaldimine insertion into aryl C–H bonds, Yang Li, Xi-Sha Zhang, Hu Li, Wen-Hua Wang, Kang Chen, Bi-Jie Li and Zhang-Jie Shi, Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 1634-1639

Tunnelling control of chemical reactions – the organic chemist’s perspective, David Ley, Dennis Gerbig and Peter R. Schreiner, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2012, 10, 3781-3790

Understanding (the lack of) homolytic substitution chemistry of sulfones, Heather M. Aitken, Amber N. Hancock and Carl H. Schiesser, Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 8326-8328

Comparing the ultraviolet photostability of azole chromophores, Gareth M. Roberts, Craig A. Williams, Martin J. Paterson, Susanne Ullrich and Vasilios G. Stavros, Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 1192-1199

Kinetics and mechanism of the anilinolyses of aryl dimethyl, methyl phenyl and diphenyl phosphinates, Nilay Kumar Dey, Chan Kyung Kim and Hai Whang Lee, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2011, 9, 717-724

The role of thermodynamics and kinetics in ligand binding to G-quadruplex DNA, Ben Corry and Nicole M. Smith, Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 8958-8960

Kinetic correlation between aldehyde/enamine stereoisomers in reactions between aldehydes with α-stereocenters and chiral pyrrolidine-based catalysts, Jordi Burés, Alan Armstrong and Donna G. Blackmond, Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 1273-1277

How reliable are DFT transition structures? Comparison of GGA, hybrid-meta-GGA and meta-GGA functional, Luis Simón and Jonathan M. Goodman, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2011, 9, 689-700

Solvent-controlled switch of selectivity between sp2 and sp3 C–H bond activation by platinum(II), Alexander W. Garner, Caleb F. Harris, Dileep A. K. Vezzu, Robert D. Pike and Shouquan Huo, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 1902-1904

Novel [4 + 2] cycloaddition reactions of alkyne and enyne key-units: Direct access to bicyclic aromatic and heteroaromatic products. A theoretical mechanistic study, Valentine P. Ananikov and Evgeniy G. Gordeev, Chem. Sci., 2011, 2, 2332-2341

Effect of substituents on the stabilities of multiply-substituted carbon-centered radicals, Ambili S. Menon, David J. Henry, Thomas Bally and Leo Radom, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2011, 9, 3636-3657

Pronounced pH effects on the kinetics of cucurbit[7]uril-based pseudorotaxane formation and dissociation, Angel E. Kaifer, Wei Li, Serena Silvi and Vladimir Sindelar, Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 6693-6695

Mechanism of UV-induced Dewar lesion repair catalysed by DNA (6-4) photolyase, Benjamin P. Fingerhut, Korbinian Heil, Emine Kaya, Sven Oesterling, Regina de Vivie-Riedle and Thomas Carell, Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 1794-1797

The activation strain model of chemical reactivity, Willem-Jan van Zeist and F. Matthias Bickelhaupt, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2010, 8, 3118-3127

Photochemical studies on aromatic γ,δ-epoxy ketones: efficient synthesis of benzocyclobutanones and indanones, Yutian Shao, Chao Yang, Weijun Gui, Yang Liu and Wujiong Xia, Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 3560-3562

Mechanistic considerations of guanidine-catalyzed reactions, Xiao Fu and Choon-Hong Tan, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 8210-8222

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