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Better chemistry through radicals

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An iron catalyst has been developed that mediates bond formation between a wide range of alkene reactants, opening up short synthetic routes to compounds that were previously accessible only through arduous pathways. See Article p.343

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Figure 1: Iron-catalysed carbon–carbon bond formation with unprecedented functional-group tolerance.

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Castle, S. Better chemistry through radicals. Nature 516, 332–333 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/516332a

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