Special Issue "Transition-Metal-Catalyzed Reactions in Organic Synthesis"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Radim Hrdina Website E-Mail
Institute of Organic Chemistry, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Heinrich-Buff-Ring 17, 35392 Giessen, Germany
Interests: Organic synthesis and catalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Transition metal catalyzed reactions are fundamental for the synthesis of organic molecules. Homogeneous catalysis offers a very fast approach to new organic compounds, which are then tested for their desired properties, and thus helps to solve current health, environmental, energy storage and other problems. In this Special Issue, we would like to collect works that are focused on the development of new methodology in organic synthesis using transition metal catalysts, on the development of new transition metal complexes for catalysis of basic organic reactions, on the application of metal catalysts in the synthesis of special organic compounds, and on the development of artificial metallo-enzyme-like molecules.

This issue intends to cover all important processes in homogeneous catalysis, ranging from the synthesis of the smallest organic molecules as ammonia to complex natural products, using methods ranging from fundamental research to advanced applications. We look forward to compiling the best works of both academia and industry.

Dr. Radim Hrdina
Guest Editor

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  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Transition metals
  • Synthesis of organic molecules
  • Catalyst development
  • Reaction mechanism
  • Organic synthetic methodology
  • Artificial metallo-enzymes

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Silver-Mediated Methoxylation of Aryl C(sp2)–H Bonds Directing by DMEDA
Catalysts 2019, 9(2), 171; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal9020171 - 12 Feb 2019
The first example of silver-mediated phosphine-promoted methoxylation of aryl C(sp2)–H bonds with the commercially available reagent for the preparation of alkyl aryl ethers has been developed. This protocol is characterized by mild reaction conditions, broad substrate scope, and high regioselectivity. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Synthesis of Tri- and Disubstituted Fluorenols and Derivatives Thereof by Using Catalytic [2+2+2] Cyclotrimerization

Ilaria Caivano, Reinhard P. Kaiser, Florian Schnurrer, Jiří Mosinger, Ivana Císařová, David Nečas, and Martin Kotora

Abstract: A method for regioselective synthesis of 2,4-disubstituted fluorenols by using catalytic [2+2+2]cyclotrimerization of monosubstituted diynes with terminal alkynes was developed. The preferential formation of the 2,4-regioisomers was achieved in the presence of Cp*Ru(cod)Cl, whereas Rh-based catalysts tend to provide 3,4-regioisomers as the major products. The 2,4-disubstituted fluorenols were converted into the corresponding 9,9’-spirobifluorene derivatives and their structural and photophysical properties were evaluated.
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