Michinori Suginome and co-workers at Kyoto University have published in JACS on the enantiospecificity of a Suzuki-Miyaura reaction and they show that inversion or retention can occur depending on the additive.
Yoshiki Morimoto and co-workers from Osaka City University have published in Chemical Communications on their progress towards haouamine B. Phil Baran and co-worker have published on a synthesis of haouamine A – however, haouamine B, which differs from the A form by a hydroxy group in one of the aryl rings (the one fused to the five membered ring), is less stable than A and has not been synthesized yet.
Haruhiko Fuwa and co-workers from Tohoku University have published in Organic Letters on a synthesis of didemnaketal which has an IC50 value of 1 micromolar against HIV-1 protease. The spiroketal unit was accessed from a PPTS catalyzed condensation of an alcohol and a dihydropyran.
Meiming Luo and co-workers from Sichuan University have published in the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry on a Suzuki-Miyaura reaction that involves the use of a triazene compound, which couples with an arylboronic acid.
Mark Lautens and co-worker at the University of Toronto have published in Organic Letters on the use of a gem-dibromoalkene to form an indene ring and a new C-C bond via an intermolecular Suzuki/Heck reaction. Usually we see alkynes as precursors to these transition metal catalyzed indene formations, but this dibromo-olefin is another approach.
Tom Sheppard and co-workers from the University College in London have recently reported in JACS on an unconventional way to form boron enolates from alkynes – it basically looks like the addition of the -OH group accross the alkyne for a 6-endo-dig cyclization.
Peter Langer and co-workers at the Universitat Rostock have recently published in Synlett on a regioselective Suzuki-Miyaura reaction that selectively couples a boronic acid to a specific triflate on an aryl ring. Their explanation had to do with the electronics.
Richard Taylor and co-workers at the University of York have recently published in Synlett on a tandem approach to synthesize dibromo-beta-substituted enone from an alpha hydroxy ketone. Hydrazine was condensed with the carbonyl and a Suzuki-Miyaura cross coupling followed to form a pyrazole ring.
Antonio Mourino and co-workers at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela y Unidad Asociada al CSIC in Spain have recently published in Chemistry – A European Journal on a cascade reaction catalyzed by palladium – the reaction involves a cyclization of an alkynyl enol triflate followed by a Suzuki-Miyaura coupling with the vinyl palladium intermediate.