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Chemoselective Conversion from α-Hydroxy Acids to α-Keto Acids Enabled by Nitroxyl-Radical-Catalyzed Aerobic Oxidation
K. Furukawa, H. Inada, M. Shibuya, Y. Yamamoto, Org. Lett., 2016, 18, 4230-4233.


Base-Mediated Synthesis of Imines and Amines from N-Phenylureas and Alcohols
D. K. T. Yadav, B. M. Bhanage, Synlett, 2014, 25, 1611-1615.


Z-Selective Copper-Catalyzed Asymmetric Allylic Alkylation with Grignard Reagents
M. Giannerini, M. Fañanás-Mastral, B. L. Feringa, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 4108-4111.


An Indefinitely Air-Stable σ-NiII Precatalyst for Quantitative Cross-Coupling of Unreactive Aryl Halides and Mesylates with Aryl Neopentylglycolboronates
J. Malineni, R. L. Jezorek, N. Zhang, V. Percec, Synthesis, 2016, 48, 2795-2807.


Metal-Free, Efficient Oxyfluorination of Olefins for the Synthesis of α-Fluoroketones
Q. Yang, L.-L. Mao, B. Yang, S.-D. Yang, Org. Lett., 2014, 16, 3460-3463.


Asymmetric Synthesis of Wieland-Miescher and Hajos-Parrish Ketones Catalyzed by an Amino-Acid-Derived Chiral Primary Amine
P. Zhou, L. Zhang, S. Luo, J.-P. Cheng, J. Org. Chem., 2012, 77, 2526-2530.


Zn(OTf)2-Mediated Expeditious and Solvent-Free Synthesis of Propargylamines via C-H Activation of Phenylacetylene
P. B. Sarode, S. P. Bahekar, H. S. Chandak, Synlett, 2016, 27, 2209-2212.


Selectivity Reversal during Thia-Michael Additions Using Tetrabutylammonium Hydroxide: Operationally Simple and Extremely High Turnover
D. R. Nicponski, J. M. Marchi, Synthesis, 2014, 46, 1725-1730.


Nickel-Catalyzed Intermolecular Insertion of Aryl Iodides to Nitriles: A Novel Method to Synthesize Arylketones
J.-C. Hsieh, Y.-C. Chen, A.-Y. Cheng, H.-C. Tseng, Org. Lett., 2012, 14, 1282-1285.


Visible-Light Photocatalytic Aerobic Annulation for the Green Synthesis of Pyrazoles
Y. Ding, T. Zhang, Q.-Y. Chen, C. Zhu, Org. Lett., 2016, 18, 4206-4209.


Unusual Tandem Oxidative C-C Bond Cleavage and Acetalization of Chalcone Epoxides in the Presence of Iodine in Methanol
B. G. Jadhav, S. D. Samant, Synlett, 2014, 25, 1591-1595.


A Simple and Efficient Copper-Catalyzed Synthesis of N-Alkynylimidazoles
M.-G. Wang, J. Wu, Z.-C. Shang, Synlett, 2012, 23, 589-594.


Copper(I)-Catalyzed Three-Component Click/Alkynylation: One-Pot Synthesis of 5-Alkynyl-1,2,3-triazoles
W. Wang, F. Wei, Y. Ma, C.-H. Tung, Z. Xu, Org. Lett., 2016, 18, 4158-4161.


Direct Synthesis of Pentafluoroethyl Copper from Pentafluoropropionate as an Economical C2F5 Source: Application to Pentafluoroethylation of Arylboronic Acids and Aryl Bromides
H. Serizawa, K. Aikawa, K. Mikami, Org. Lett., 2014, 16, 3456-3459.


Palladium-Catalyzed Direct Hydroxymethylation of Aryl Halides and Triflates with Potassium Acetoxymethyltrifluoroborate
N. Murai, M. Yonaga, K. Tanaka, Org. Lett., 2012, 14, 1278-1281.


Access to C4-Functionalized Quinolines via Copper-Catalyzed Tandem Annulation of Alkynyl Imines with Diazo Compounds
R. Zhu, G. Cheng, C. Jia, L. Xue, X. Cui, J. Org. Chem., 2016, 81, 7539-7544.


Diarylrhodates as Promising Active Catalysts for the Arylation of Vinyl Ethers with Grignard Reagents
T. Iwasaki, Y. Miyata, R. Akimoto, Y. Fujii, H. Kuniyasu, N. Kambe, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 9260-9263.


The Thiolate-Catalyzed Intermolecular Crossed Tishchenko Reaction: Highly Chemoselective Coupling of Two Different Aromatic Aldehydes
S. P. Curran, S. J. Connon, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 10866-10870.


Method for Direct Synthesis of α-Cyanomethyl-β-dicarbonyl Compounds with Acetonitrile and 1,3-Dicarbonyls
C. Wang, Y. Li, M. Gong, Q. Wu, J. Zhang, J. K. Kim, M. Huang, Y. Wu, Org. Lett., 2016, 18, 4151-4153.


Rhodium(III)-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling of Alkenylboronic Acids and N-Pivaloyloxylamides
C. Feng, T.-P. Loh, Org. Lett., 2014, 16, 3444-3447.


Diastereoselective Synthesis of Substituted Tetrahydrothiopyrans via (3,5)-Thionium-Ene Cyclization Reaction
S. Bondalapati, P. Gogoi, K. Indukuri, A. K. Saikia, J. Org. Chem., 2012, 77, 2508-2512.


Synthesis of 1,2-Diketones via a Metal-Free, Visible-Light-Induced Aerobic Photooxidation of Alkynes
X. Liu, T. Cong, P. Liu, P. Sun, J. Org. Chem., 2016, 81, 7256-7261.


Methanol-Promoted Borylation of Arylamines: A Simple and Green Synthetic Method to Arylboronic Acids and Arylboronates
C.-J. Zhao, D. Xue, Z.-H. Jia, C. Wang, J. Xiao, Synlett, 2014, 25, 1577-1584.


Ligand-Accelerated Pd-Catalyzed Ketone γ-Arylation via C-C Cleavage with Aryl Chlorides
A. Ziadi, R. Martin, Org. Lett., 2012, 14, 1266-1269.


Palladium-Catalyzed Enantioselective Three-Component Synthesis of α-Arylglycines
T. Beisel, A. M. Diehl, G. Manolikakes, Org. Lett., 2016, 18, 4032-4035.


Transition-Metal-Free Synthesis of Substituted Pyridines via Ring Expansion of 2-Allyl-2H-azirines
Y. Jiang, C.-M. Park, T.-P. Loh, Org. Lett., 2014, 16, 3432-3435.


Expedient Synthesis of Highly Substituted Pyrroles via Tandem Rearrangement of α-Diazo Oxime Ethers
Y. Jiang, W. C. Chan, C.-M. Park, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 4104-4107.


Variations on the Blaise Reaction: Synthesis of 3,5-Dioxopentanoates and 3-Amino-5-oxopent-3-enoates
H. S. P. Rao, N. Muthanna, Synlett, 2016, 27, 2014-2018.


Diastereomeric Aziridine Carbinol Catalyzed Enantioselective Arylation Reaction: Toward the Asymmetric Synthesis of Both Enantiomers of Chiral 3-Aryl Phthalide
X. Song, Y.-Z. Hua, J.-G. Shi, P.-P. Sun, M.-C. Wang, J. Chang, J. Org. Chem., 2014, 79, 6087-6093.


Assembly of 3-Substituted Isocoumarins via a CuI-Catalyzed Domino Coupling/Addition/Deacylation Process
S. Cai, F. Wang, C. Xi, J. Org. Chem., 2012, 77, 2331-2336.