Taming Reactive Intermediates

3 Jul 2015

There are a myriad of ways of installing functionality to a molecule, yet still we encounter systems where these do not achieve the desired results. There may be issues with the selectivity of reactions, or just with the reactions themselves; many require expensive and increasingly harder-to-obtain transition metal catalysts. Added to this there are the challenges of making chemistry more sustainable, by increasing atom and energy efficiency and reducing waste, and safer by removing the need for more dangerous reagents.

The upcoming conference, 'Taming Reactive Intermediates', which is organised by the SCI’s Young Chemists' Panel, will explore some of the new methods that are being developed to address these problems. Approaches include the formation of anions using asymmetric bases, radical reactions and sulfonium ion-directed syntheses. In addition there are methods employing singlet oxygen generated from air, visible light-activated photoredox chemistry and the surprises and discoveries in catalysis. These novel chemistries can also be employed in pharmaceutical and agrochemical applications in both discovery and late-stage steps.

With talks from some of the leaders in the field of reactive intermediates, this symposium will give a fascinating insight into the tools that are now available to us in modern organic synthesis.

I’m sure you’ll all be taking another glance at your current routes the following morning to see where you might improve them!

Taming Reactive Intermediates will be held at SCI in Belgrave Square, London on Tuesday 20th October 2015. Book your place on the event via the link below.

Philip B Sellars

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