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Mild Thio-Diversification of Bioactive Natural Products. Withaferin A: A Case study.

Mild Thio‐Diversification of Bioactive Natural Products. Withaferin A: A Case study.

A simple strategy to create chemical diversity from bioactive scaffolds under benign conditions was developed. The methodology comprises a set of simple reactions between withaferin A and small sulfur nucleophiles. Novel steroidal sulfur natural product-analogs featuring ring opening, ring formation and new stereocenters were obtained.

[Communication]
C. N. Casero, J. N. Garay Novillo, M. E. García, J. C. Oberti, V. E. Nicotra, A. B. Peñéñory, F. R. Bisogno
ChemistrySelect, November 14, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/slct.201701870 Read article

Solar Water Splitting Utilizing a SiC Photocathode, a BiVO4 Photoanode, and a Perovskite Solar Cell

Solar Water Splitting Utilizing a SiC Photocathode, a BiVO4 Photoanode, and a Perovskite Solar Cell

Don′t take my sunshine away: Solar water splitting was successfully demonstrated in a wide range of sunlight using Pt-loaded SiC photocathode upon combining it with a CoOx-loaded BiVO4 photoanode, and a perovskite solar cell. The solar-to-hydrogen (STH) efficiency reached 0.55 % under no-additional bias conditions.

[Communication]
Akihide Iwase, Akihiko Kudo, Youhei Numata, Masashi Ikegami, Tsutomu Miyasaka, Naoto Ichikawa, Masashi Kato, Hideki Hashimoto, Haruo Inoue, Osamu Ishitani, Hitoshi Tamiaki
ChemSusChem, October 19, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201701663 Read article

One-Pot Transformation of Carbohydrates into Valuable Furan Derivatives via 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural

One‐Pot Transformation of Carbohydrates into Valuable Furan Derivatives via 5‐Hydroxymethylfurfural

That's the way: Various carbohydrates are converted into high value-added furan compounds in one-pot without the need to isolate the 5-hydroxymethylfurfural intermediate.

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Pauli Wrigstedt, Juha Keskiväli, Jesús E. Perea-Buceta, Timo Repo
ChemCatChem, October 10, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201701106 Read article

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