Margaret Brimble and co-workers from the University of Auckland have reported in Organic Letters on a cobalt-catalyzed conversion of an epoxide to an allylic alcohol using the Corey-Chaykovsky reagent.
Jennifer Love and co-workers from the University of British Columbia reported in Organic Letters on the use of Wilkinson’s catalyst to perform a hydrothiolation reaction across an alkyne to synthesize K777, a cysteine protease inhibitor.
Fernando Lopez and co-workers at Universidad de Santiago de Compostela have reported in Chemical Communications on a gold/organocatalyst-cocatalyzed alpha alkylation of aldehydes. Interestingly Jose Gonzalez and co-workers at Universidad de Oviedo also reported in Chem Comm on a gold/organocatalyst reaction.
Hongli Bao and co-workers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have reported in Organic Letters on a copper catalyzed reaction that adds an ester group and an R group across an olefin using a diacyl peroxide. To make these daily peroxides (which are potentially explosive), they treated acyl chlorides with hydrogen peroxide.