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Review Article

Recent advances in asymmetric organocatalytic conjugate addition of arenes and hetero-arenes

This review describes the recent development in organocatalytic conjugate addition of arenes and hetero-arenes to unsaturated Michael acceptors.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in asymmetric organocatalytic conjugate addition of arenes and hetero-arenes
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Recent advances of ionic liquids in separation science and mass spectrometry

Advances of ionic liquids in chromatography, extractions, and mass spectrometry are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances of ionic liquids in separation science and mass spectrometry
Review Article

Recent advances in steroidal supramolecular gels

The most recent advances in the field of steroidal supramolecular gels are reviewed. Moreover, the potential applications of the gels are highlighted.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in steroidal supramolecular gels
Review Article

Recent developments in solvent-free multicomponent reactions: a perfect synergy for eco-compatible organic synthesis

This review reports the development of multicomponent reactions over the last 10 years.

Graphical abstract: Recent developments in solvent-free multicomponent reactions: a perfect synergy for eco-compatible organic synthesis
Review Article

Recent developments in the molecular recognition of carbohydrates by artificial receptors

This review covers representative examples of artificial carbohydrate receptors, which use noncovalent interactions for carbohydrate binding, with a focus on developments in receptor systems over the last two years.

Graphical abstract: Recent developments in the molecular recognition of carbohydrates by artificial receptors
Review Article

Catalytic versus stoichiometric dehydrocoupling using main group metals

The balance between stoichiometric (oxidative) and catalytic (dehydrogenic) coupling of element-H bonds is fundamentally reliant on the redox stability of the main group dehydrocoupling system employed, as can be concluded from recent developments in the area.

Graphical abstract: Catalytic versus stoichiometric dehydrocoupling using main group metals
Review Article

Bioelectrochemical systems (BES) for sustainable energy production and product recovery from organic wastes and industrial wastewaters

Bioelectrochemical systems enable production of energy from wastewater and biowaste, and find application in wastewater treatment, bioremediation and microbial electrosynthesis.

Graphical abstract: Bioelectrochemical systems (BES) for sustainable energy production and product recovery from organic wastes and industrial wastewaters
Review Article

Cucurbituril chemistry: a tale of supramolecular success

The Cucurbit[n]uril family of macrocycles has been generating some tremendous interest in the supramolecular community, because of the exceptional recognition properties of its members in aqueous medium. This review highlights the advances of the past six years in this blossoming field.

Graphical abstract: Cucurbituril chemistry: a tale of supramolecular success
Review Article

Aromatic hydroxyl group—a hydrogen bonding activator in bifunctional asymmetric organocatalysis

Asymmetric transformations catalyzed by bifunctional organocatalysts bearing an aromatic hydroxyl group and tertiary amine/phosphine moiety have been reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Aromatic hydroxyl group—a hydrogen bonding activator in bifunctional asymmetric organocatalysis
Review Article

Targeted drugs by olefin metathesis: piperidine-based iminosugars

The potential of olefin metathesis reactions (RCM, RCEYM, CM) as efficient new strategy for the synthesis of piperidine-based iminosugars is examined. The title compounds are potent glycosidase inhibitors for treatment of viral and metabolic diseases.

Graphical abstract: Targeted drugs by olefin metathesis: piperidine-based iminosugars
Review Article

Methods for SAR visualization

Shown are corresponding SAR regions in alternative activity landscape representations.

Graphical abstract: Methods for SAR visualization
Review Article

Enantioselective organocatalytic α-heterofunctionalization of active methines

This review illustrates recent progress in the organocatalytic enantioselective α-amination, α-hydroxylation, α-sulfenylation and α-halogenation reactions of active methines mediated by mono-, bi-, multi-functional organocatalysts, phosphoric acids and phase transfer catalysts.

Graphical abstract: Enantioselective organocatalytic α-heterofunctionalization of active methines
Review Article

Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts for multicomponent reactions

A number of multicomponent reactions, homogeneous and heterogeneous acid and base catalyzed, are overviewed.

Graphical abstract: Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts for multicomponent reactions
Review Article

Iron-catalysed reduction of carbonyls and olefins

Iron catalysis has emerged as a powerful tool for synthetic chemistry. Here, recent advances in the iron-catalysed reduction of carbonyl compounds and olefins are reviewed and discussed.

Graphical abstract: Iron-catalysed reduction of carbonyls and olefins
Review Article

Graphene-based photocatalytic composites

The use of graphene to enhance the efficiency of photocatalysis has attracted much attention. This review is focused on the recent significant advances in the fabrication and applications of graphene-based hybrid photocatalysts.

Graphical abstract: Graphene-based photocatalytic composites
Communication

A highly selective G-quadruplex-based luminescent switch-on probe for the detection of nanomolar strontium(II) ions in sea water

A G-quadruplex-selective luminescent iridium(III) switch-on probe has been developed for the selective detection of Sr2+ ions in buffered solutions and sea water.

Graphical abstract: A highly selective G-quadruplex-based luminescent switch-on probe for the detection of nanomolar strontium(ii) ions in sea water
Communication

A facile synthesis of cysteine–ferrite magnetic nanoparticles for application in multicomponent reactions—a sustainable protocol

Cysteine was easily immobilized on a Fe3O4 surface and the catalyst successfully applied for the synthesis of β-amino carbonyls and hydroquinoline compounds.

Graphical abstract: A facile synthesis of cysteine–ferrite magnetic nanoparticles for application in multicomponent reactions—a sustainable protocol
Communication

Room temperature synthesis of isoquino[2,1-a][3,1]oxazine and isoquino[2,1-a]pyrimidine derivatives via visible light photoredox catalysis

A room temperature construction of isoquino[2,1-a][3,1]oxazine and isoquino[2,1-a]pyrimidine frameworks has been realized by means of visible light photocatalytic reactions.

Graphical abstract: Room temperature synthesis of isoquino[2,1-a][3,1]oxazine and isoquino[2,1-a]pyrimidine derivatives via visible light photoredox catalysis
Communication

Homochiral 1D-helical coordination polymers from achiral cucurbit[5]uril: hydroquinone-induced spontaneous resolution

A pair of enantiomorphs of cucurbit[5]uril with Dy3+ was obtained by total spontaneous resolution upon crystallization in the presence of achiral hydroquinone.

Graphical abstract: Homochiral 1D-helical coordination polymers from achiral cucurbit[5]uril: hydroquinone-induced spontaneous resolution
Communication

Significant improvement in the conversion efficiency of black-dye-based dye-sensitized solar cells by cosensitization with organic dye

The light-to-electrical energy conversion efficiency of a black-dye-sensitized solar cell was improved by cosensitization with organic dyes, NKX-2553 or D131, and further enhanced by employing deoxycholic acid as a coadsorbent.

Graphical abstract: Significant improvement in the conversion efficiency of black-dye-based dye-sensitized solar cells by cosensitization with organic dye
Communication

Palladium-catalyzed heck-type arylation of acrylate with diaryliodonium salts

Highly effective palladium-catalyzed Heck-type arylation of acrylate with diaryliodonium salts has been developed, giving cinnamate in high yields without ligand and base.

Graphical abstract: Palladium-catalyzed heck-type arylation of acrylate with diaryliodonium salts
Communication

Organic dyes containing fluorene-substituted indoline core for zinc oxide dye-sensitized solar cell

A novel idoline dye, having dimethylfluorene-substituted indoline donor and dicyanovinylidene-introduced rhodanine acceptor (DN350), gave much higher efficiency than D205 due to bathochromic absorption band and prevention of aggregates formation.

Graphical abstract: Organic dyes containing fluorene-substituted indoline core for zinc oxide dye-sensitized solar cell
Communication

Flower-like CuO microspheres with enhanced catalytic performance for dimethyldichlorosilane synthesis

Flower-like CuO microspheres show better catalytic performance in the Rochow reaction for dimethyldichlorosilane synthesis than commercial dense CuO microparticles.

Graphical abstract: Flower-like CuO microspheres with enhanced catalytic performance for dimethyldichlorosilane synthesis
Communication

Photo-hydrogen production by Rhodopseudomonas faecalis RLD-53 immobilized on the surface of modified activated carbon fibers

The surface morphology and chemistry changes of activated carbon fibers (ACFs) caused by HNO3 oxidation and steam explosion greatly increased the immobilization capacity of the ACFs to attach more bacteria for enhancing hydrogen production.

Graphical abstract: Photo-hydrogen production by Rhodopseudomonas faecalis RLD-53 immobilized on the surface of modified activated carbon fibers
Communication

Novel choline-chloride-based deep-eutectic-solvents with renewable hydrogen bond donors: levulinic acid and sugar-based polyols

Solutions from Nature. Biodegradable and versatile chiral new deep eutectic solvents are produced by combining choline chloride with different hydrogen bond donors

Graphical abstract: Novel choline-chloride-based deep-eutectic-solvents with renewable hydrogen bond donors: levulinic acid and sugar-based polyols
Communication

Controlled Knoevenagel reactions of methyl groups of 1,3,5,7-tetramethyl BODIPY dyes for unique BODIPY dyes

Formyl groups at 6- and 2,6-positions initiate Knoevenagel reactions of the methyl groups at the 7, and 1,7-positions of 1,3,5,7-tetramethyl BODIPY dyes with aromatic aldehydes for making novel dyes for sensing or imaging applications.

Graphical abstract: Controlled Knoevenagel reactions of methyl groups of 1,3,5,7-tetramethyl BODIPY dyes for unique BODIPY dyes
Communication

Chelation-assisted palladium-catalyzed high regioselective heck diarylation reaction of 9-allyl-9H-purine: synthesis of 9-(3,3-diaryl-allyl)-9H-purines

A Pd-catalyzed highly regioselective diarylation of 9-allyl-9H-purine via chelation-assisted Heck reaction is developed. There were two different types of β-H in the allyl substrate, while the two aryl groups are exclusively introduced to the terminal of the olefins.

Graphical abstract: Chelation-assisted palladium-catalyzed high regioselective heck diarylation reaction of 9-allyl-9H-purine: synthesis of 9-(3,3-diaryl-allyl)-9H-purines
Communication

Organocatalytic asymmetric Henry reaction of isatins: Highly enantioselective synthesis of 3-hydroxy-2-oxindoles

Organocatalytic asymmetric Henry reaction of isatins with nitromethane has been achieved with the use of a C6′-OH cinchona alkaloid catalyst, affording 3-substituted 3-hydroxy-oxindoles in excellent yields and high enantioselectivities.

Graphical abstract: Organocatalytic asymmetric Henry reaction of isatins: Highly enantioselective synthesis of 3-hydroxy-2-oxindoles
Communication

A novel application of porphyrinnanoparticles as an effective fluorescent assay platform for nucleic acid detection

Highly sensitive and selective DNA detection using 2,3,7,8,12,13,17,18-octaethyl-21H,23H-porphine iron(III) chloride nanoparticles (FePNPs) as a novel fluorescent assay platform.

Graphical abstract: A novel application of porphyrin nanoparticles as an effective fluorescent assay platform for nucleic acid detection
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Thienyl-substituted BODIPYs with strong visible light-absorption and long-lived triplet excited states as organic triplet sensitizers for triplet–triplet annihilation upconversion

BODIPYs with intense visible-light absorption and long-lived T1 excited states were prepared as organic triplet photosensitizers for triplet–triplet annihilation upconversion.

Graphical abstract: Thienyl-substituted BODIPYs with strong visible light-absorption and long-lived triplet excited states as organic triplet sensitizers for triplet–triplet annihilation upconversion
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Iodine catalyzed four-component reaction: a straightforward one-pot synthesis of functionalized pyrroles under metal-free conditions

Functionalized pyrroles are synthesized for the first time via I2-mediated MCR under metal free conditions.

Graphical abstract: Iodine catalyzed four-component reaction: a straightforward one-pot synthesis of functionalized pyrroles under metal-free conditions
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Reversible polymerization of novel monomers bearing furan and plant oil moieties: a double click exploitation of renewable resources

Two click chemistry approaches were applied to macromolecular syntheses, namely a thiol-ene coupling to convert unsaturated plant oil derivatives into bifunctional monomers, and their Diels–Alder polycondensation to obtain thermoreversible materials.

Graphical abstract: Reversible polymerization of novel monomers bearing furan and plant oil moieties: a double click exploitation of renewable resources
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Multi-carbazole derivatives: new dyes for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

Three new multi-carbazole derivatives (2C4C) with a twisted and zigzag-shape structure were designed, synthesized and used as sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs).

Graphical abstract: Multi-carbazole derivatives: new dyes for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells
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Synthesis, properties and highly selective mitochondria staining with novel, stable and superior benzothiadiazole fluorescent probes

Impressive selective cellular mitochondria staining of different cells line was achieved with novel fluorescent 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole derivatives.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, properties and highly selective mitochondria staining with novel, stable and superior benzothiadiazole fluorescent probes
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Understanding the origin of the asynchronicity in bond-formation in polar cycloaddition reactions. A DFT study of the 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction of carbonyl ylides with 1,2-benzoquinones

In polar processes the bond-formation begins at the center with the highest spin density achieved through the charge transfer process.

Graphical abstract: Understanding the origin of the asynchronicity in bond-formation in polar cycloaddition reactions. A DFT study of the 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction of carbonyl ylides with 1,2-benzoquinones
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De novo design of small molecule inhibitors targeting the LEDGF/p75-HIVintegrase interaction

The inhibitor 3-(1H-indol-3-ylthio)-N-(2-isopopoxy-6-methoxypyridin-3-yl)benzamide (CAB1) and its derivatives (CAB2-13) inhibit the LEDGF/p75-IN protein–protein interaction with moderate potency. These molecules are the first examples of SMPPIIs targeting LEDGF/p75 and not IN.

Graphical abstract: De novo design of small molecule inhibitors targeting the LEDGF/p75-HIV integrase interaction
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Bioaugmentation of an electrochemically active strain to enhance the electron discharge of mixed culture: process evaluation through electro-kinetic analysis

Shewanella haliotis ATCC 49138 was evaluated as a biocatalyst for bioaugmentation of anodic native microflora to enhance the electrogenic activity of microbial fuel cell (MFC).

Graphical abstract: Bioaugmentation of an electrochemically active strain to enhance the electron discharge of mixed culture: process evaluation through electro-kinetic analysis
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Glutathione: mechanism and kinetics of its non-enzymatic defense action against free radicals

Glutathione is an excellent chemical protector against a wide variety of free radicals, reacting exclusively by hydrogen transfer.

Graphical abstract: Glutathione: mechanism and kinetics of its non-enzymatic defense action against free radicals
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Urea as an organic solvent and reagent for the addition/cyclization/fragmentation cascades leading to 2-R-7H-dibenzo[de,h]quinolin-7-one analogues of Aporphinoid alkaloids

Molten urea serves both as a solvent and a reagent for the one-pot addition/cyclizations/fragmentation cascade which converts peri-alkynyl-9,10-anthraquinones into 2-R-7H-dibenzo[de,h]quinolin-7-ones – substituted analogues of Aporphinoid alkaloids.

Graphical abstract: Urea as an organic solvent and reagent for the addition/cyclization/fragmentation cascades leading to 2-R-7H-dibenzo[de,h]quinolin-7-one analogues of Aporphinoid alkaloids
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Charge-tagged N-heterocyclic carbenes

In solutions of bromine salts of multiply charged imidazolium ion, charge-tagged N-heterocyclic carbenes are in equilibrium and are “fished” directly to the gas phase and characterized via electrospray ionization mass spectrometry.

Graphical abstract: Charge-tagged N-heterocyclic carbenes
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About this collection

This collection is Guest Edited by Editorial Board Member Professor Russell Cox. It contains papers which broadly encompass the theme of 'organic chemistry', illustrating the breadth, quality and variety of publications in RSC Advances during 2011-2012. From fundamental investigations of the physical properties of molecules and more complex organic systems to the design and synthesis of new compounds and materials this collection reflects the key themes of organic chemistry in understanding and synthesis. Efficiency, sustainability and utility in biomedical fields are also common topics, emphasising the importance of advances in the field of organic chemistry to the development of new technologies, materials and medicines.

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