Organic chemistry

Organic chemistry is the study of the synthesis, structure, reactivity and properties of the diverse group of chemical compounds primarily constructed of carbon. All life on earth is carbon-based, thus organic chemistry is also the basis of biochemistry. The ability to form compounds containing long chains of carbon atoms is the basis of polymer chemistry.

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News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    Michelle Francl wonders if a molecule can be just a little bit chiral?

    • Michelle Francl
    Nature Chemistry 11, 597-598
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Radical intermediates are key species in many chemical transformations. Recent advances have provided a new suite of selective radical alkylation reactions. This Comment highlights pioneering studies using alkyl amines that act as radical precursors in a number of catalytic processes by their conversion to alkylpyridinium salts.

    • Duanyang Kong
    • , Patrick J. Moon
    •  & Rylan J. Lundgren
    Nature Catalysis 2, 473-476
  • News and Views |

    The direct formation of C–N bonds onto arenes provides a simple route to synthesize a variety of important products. Now, formation of a highly polarized, aminium radical cation enables direct C–H amination, allowing the coupling of an exceptionally broad range of alkyl amines and arenes.

    • David Nagib
    Nature Chemistry 11, 396-398
  • Research Highlights |

    Seven-membered rings are rare motifs in fullerene derivatives. However, these motifs can be stabilized by adjacent five-membered rings and feature in a hydrofullerene isolated from combustion soot.

    • David Schilter