When I saw the graphical abstract of this paper, the first thing that came to mind was Michael Kerr at the University of Western Ontario, but this paper was from Yong Tang’s group in SIOC in collaboration with Kendall Houk’s computational group to study the mechanism of this [3+2] reaction. They used the LANL2DZ basis set in this paper. Great to hear.
Sherry Chemler and co-workers from SUNY Buffalo have reported in ACIE on a copper catalyzed carboetherification that involves an intramolecular alkoxide addition onto an olefin and coupling reaction to an alkene.
C-H bond activation is popular because you can convert alkanes into alcohols – looks like a desaturase reaction where alkanes turn into alkenes is going to be up and coming in popularity soon. Pedro Perez and co-workers at CIQSO in Spain have reported in JACS on a copper catalyst that converted alkanes to alkenes.
I guess Greg Fu made a statement at Caltech with his Science paper in collaboration with the Jonas Peters group. This Science paper discloses an Ullman reaction (copper mediated aryl iodide and amine coupling) in the presence of light.