Catalytic mechanisms

A catalytic mechanism is the sequence of elementary reactions by which a catalytic reaction proceeds.

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  • News and Views |

    Strained boronate complexes have now been shown to enable an unprecedented cross-coupling reaction across a C–C σ-bond. Using this approach, highly functionalized cyclobutanes can be prepared with excellent stereocontrol from readily available reagents.

    • Alejandro Parra
    •  & Mariola Tortosa
    Nature Chemistry 11, 104-106
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    Indirect methods are generally adopted to elucidate complicated mechanisms of transition metal catalysis. Now, a way to directly observe transient manganese species and monitor key reaction steps has been established by using time-resolved multiple-probe spectroscopy.

    • Congyang Wang
    Nature Catalysis 1, 816-817
  • Editorial |

    Models play a significant role in the development of catalysts. However, they are constructed using a reductionist approach and this poses the question of their relevance for the comprehension of physical phenomenon.

    Nature Catalysis 1, 807-808
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    The mechanism of methanol coupling to methyl formate over single-crystal gold catalysts has been firmly established but barely reconciled with experiments performed under practical conditions. Now, a method to close this gap has been reported, which enables the prediction of the reaction´s selectivity for a broad range of experimental conditions.

    • Rachel B. Getman
    Nature Catalysis 1, 818-819