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Recent advances in N-heterocyclic carbene-based radical catalysis

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Abstract

In nature, a number of enzymes use thiamine diphosphate as a coenzyme to catalyze the pyruvate decarboxylation. The resultant enamine, a so-called “Breslow intermediate,” is known to perform single electron transfer to various electron acceptors. Inspired by this enzymatic catalysis, N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)-catalyzed radical reactions have been developed. This minireview highlights the recent progress and developments in NHC-based radical catalysis. This minireview is categorized according to the reaction types; oxidation type reaction and carbon–carbon bond formation through single electron transfer/radical–radical coupling.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in N-heterocyclic carbene-based radical catalysis

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Submitted
16 Mar 2020
Accepted
10 May 2020
First published
11 May 2020

This article is Open Access
All publication charges for this article have been paid for by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chem. Sci., 2020, Advance Article
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Recent advances in N-heterocyclic carbene-based radical catalysis

T. Ishii, K. Nagao and H. Ohmiya, Chem. Sci., 2020, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/D0SC01538E

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