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“Catalytic Enantioselective Desymmetrization as a Tool for the Synthesis of Hodgkinsine and Hodgkinsine B”, Robert H. Snell, Matthew J. Durbin, Robert L. Woodward and Michael C. Willis, Chem. – Eur. J. 2012, 18, 16754 - 16764. (doi:10.1002/chem.201203150)

Selected as the front cover of the journal, and as a VIP paper.

Exploring small bite–angle ligands for the rhodium–catalyzed intermolecular hydroacylation of betaS–substituted aldehydes with 1–octene and 1–octyne”, Indrek Pernik, Joel F. Hooper, Adrian B. Chaplin, Andrew S. Weller* and Michael C. Willis, ACS Catalysis, 2012, 2, 2779 - 2786. (doi: 10.1021/cs300541m)


“Palladium-Catalyzed Synthesis of Benzimidazoles and Quinazolinones from Common Precursors”, Jessie E.R. Sadig, Radleigh Foster, Florian Wakenhut and Michael C. Willis, J. Org. Chem. 2012, 77, 9473 - 9486. (doi: 10.1021/jo301805d).

Selected by the Editors as a “Feature Article”.

Highlighted in Synfacts.

“Intermolecular Alkyne Hydroacylation. Mechanistic Insight from the Isolation of the Vinyl Intermediate that Precedes Reductive Elimination”, Rebekah Pawley, Miguel Huertos, Guy Lloyd–Jones, Andrew S. Weller*, Michael C. Willis, Organometallics 2012, 31, 5650-5659. (doi: 10.1021/om300647n)

“Rhodium-Catalysed Linear-Selective Alkyne Hydroacylation”, Sarah-Jane Poingdestre, Jonathan D. Goodacre, Andrew S. Weller and Michael C. Willis, Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 6354-6356. (doi.: 10.1039/C2CC32713A)

“Copper-Catalyzed Tandem C-N Bond Formation: An Efficient Annulative Synthesis of Functionalised Cinnolines”, Catherine J. Ball, Jeremy Gilmore and Michael C. Willis, Angew. Chemie Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 5718-5722. (doi: 10.1002/anie.201201529)

This chemistry has been highlighted in SynFacts.


“Palladium-catalysed aminosulfonylation of aryl-, alkenyl- and heteroaryl halides: Scope of the three-component synthesis of N-aminosulfonamides”, Edward J. Emmett, Charlotte S. Richards-Taylor, Bao Nguyen, Alfonso Garcia-Rubia, Barry R. Hayter and Michael C. Willis, Org. Biomol. Chem. 2012, 10, 4007 - 4014. (doi; 10.1039/C2OB07034K)

This paper was featured on the front cover of the journal.

“Intermolecular hydroacylation: High Activity Rhodium Catalysts Containing Small Bite Angle Diphosphine Ligands.” Adrian B. Chaplin, Joel F. Hooper, Andrew S. Weller and Michael C. Willis, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 4885-4897. (doi: 10.1021/ja211649a)

“Palladium-Catalyzed Direct Functionalization of Benzoxazoles with Alkenyl Iodides”, Maria Gerelle, Anne J. Dalencon, Michael C. Willis, Tetrahedron Lett. 2012, 53, 1954-1957. (doi: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2012.02.014)

“Aryl Methyl Sulfides as Substrates for Rhodium-Catalyzed Alkyne Carbothiolation: Arene Functionalization with Activating Group Recycling”, Joel F. Hooper, Adrian B. Chaplin, Carlos González-Rodríguez, Amber L. Thompson, Andrew S. Weller and Michael C. Willis, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 2906 - 2909. (doi: 10.1021/ja2108992)

This chemistry has been highlighted in SynFacts.

“Author Profile”, M. C. Willis Angew. Chemie. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 1304. (doi: 10.1002/anie.201107516)

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