Chemical synthesis

Chemical synthesis is the process by which one or more chemical reactions are performed with the aim of converting a reactant or starting material into a product or multiple products. Chemical synthesis is at the heart of much chemistry research as it is the basis for discovering compounds with new physical or biological properties.


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  • Research Highlights |

    An article in the Journal of the American Chemical Society reports the large-scale synthesis of an elongated carbon nanobelt with unusual host-guest behaviour.

    • Ariane Vartanian
  • News & Views |

    All-carbon quaternary centres are challenging targets in organic synthesis. Now, the development of a zinc-catalysed desymmetrization method enables the synthesis of chiral alcohols with all-carbon quaternary centres by the selective reduction of symmetrical α,α-disubstituted malonates.

    • Jadwiga Gajewy
    •  & Marcin Kwit
    Nature Chemistry 13, 623-624
  • Research Highlights |

    Twisted nanoribbons with up to 322 atoms in the aromatic core (53 rings) have been prepared.

    • Thomas West
  • News & Views |

    Many scientific fields and industries rely on the synthesis of small organic molecules. A chemical reagent has been developed that allows such molecules to be made by ‘deleting’ nitrogen atoms from readily accessible precursors.

    • William P. Unsworth
    •  & Alyssa-Jennifer Avestro
    Nature 593, 203-204
  • News & Views |

    Magnesium atoms typically lose two electrons to form chemical compounds. A reactive complex has finally been made in which magnesium keeps all of its electrons, and which can be thought of as a soluble form of the metal.

    • Cameron Jones
    Nature 592, 687-688