Stephen Buchwald and colleague have reported in JACS on a copper catalyzed C-C bond formation to make indolynes. This is a reduction reaction and they use diethoxymethylsilane (DEMS) to serve as the reductant.
Huanfeng Jiang and co-workers from South China University of Technology have reported in ACIE on a copper catalyzed conversion of N-tosyl hydrazones to alkynes. The problem is I don’t know how regioselective this is.
Stephen Buchwald and colleague have reported in JACS on an asymmetric intermolecular hydroamination reaction. I personally have tried an intermolecular hydroamination using a platinum catalyst, and it failed. This protocol is hopefully a good alternative.
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.