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The Baylis–Hillman reaction: a new continent in organic chemistry – our philosophy, vision and over three decades of research

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This review describes, in brief, the philosophy, vision and long-term research experience of the senior author (DB) in the area of the Baylis–Hillman (BH) [also known as the Morita–Baylis–Hillman (MBH)] reaction. It presents a clear picture of how the senior author (DB) has (i) uncovered the BH reaction, which was actually buried in the literature, (ii) recognized its high level potential, and (iii) initiated a major research program, nurtured it, elegantly contributed to it, and popularized it from the concealed patent level to the present levels of powerful C–C bond forming reactions, attaining the status of a new continent in organic chemistry. While presenting mostly the contributions of our research group, this brief review also describes some of the important and relevant contributions from other research groups. This article clearly demonstrates the power of molecules containing three proximal functional groups and highlights the unending opportunities, and challenges offered by this fascinating reaction.

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The article was received on 19 May 2018, accepted on 21 Jun 2018 and first published on 21 Jun 2018


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ02483A
Citation: New J. Chem., 2018,42, 14036-14066
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    The Baylis–Hillman reaction: a new continent in organic chemistry – our philosophy, vision and over three decades of research

    D. Basavaiah and R. T. Naganaboina, New J. Chem., 2018, 42, 14036
    DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ02483A

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