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2-(N-Methylbenzyl)pyridine: A Potential Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier with Fast H2 Release and Stable Activity in Consecutive Cycles

2‐(N‐Methylbenzyl)pyridine: A Potential Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier with Fast H2 Release and Stable Activity in Consecutive Cycles

It could've been a brilliant carrier: A new liquid organic hydrogen carrier is designed by adding N atom into the benzene ring of a benchmark heat-transfer fluid. The crossover between H2-lean and H2-rich forms of the title material is reversible in repeated runs. Notably, the reduced dehydrogenation enthalpy, owing to the presence of N, leads to very fast H2 release, indicating excellent potential for efficient H2 storage.

[Communication]
Jinho Oh, Kwanyong Jeong, Tae Wan Kim, Hyunguk Kwon, Jeong Woo Han, Ji Hoon Park, Young-Woong Suh
ChemSusChem, January 18, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201702256 Read article

Iodine-Catalyzed, Ethyl-Lactate-Mediated Synthesis of 1,4-Benzothiazines via Metal-Free Cascade Enaminone Transamination and C−H Sulfenylation

Iodine‐Catalyzed, Ethyl‐Lactate‐Mediated Synthesis of 1,4‐Benzothiazines via Metal‐Free Cascade Enaminone Transamination and C−H Sulfenylation

Got milk? A simple and highly facile cross-coupling strategy for the synthesis of 1,4-benzothiazines was developed by using N,N-dimethyl enaminones and ortho-aminophenols. No metal catalyst or oxidant additive was required.

[Communication]
Jie-Ping Wan, Shuo Cao, Changfeng Hu, Chengping Wen
Asian J. Org. Chem., January 10, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1002/ajoc.201700680 Read article

Levoglucosenone and Its New Applications: Valorization of Cellulose Residues

Levoglucosenone and Its New Applications: Valorization of Cellulose Residues

Levoglucosenone is a versatile chiral building block that is obtained from the pyrolytic recycling of cellulosic biomass residues. This compound has been innovatively used as a template for the synthesis of key intermediates of biologically active products and for the preparation of chiral auxiliaries, catalysts, and organocatalysts for their applications in asymmetric synthesis.

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María B. Comba, Yi-hsuan Tsai, Ariel M. Sarotti, María I. Mangione, Alejandra G. Suárez, Rolando A. Spanevello
Eur. J. Org. Chem., December 19, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/ejoc.201701227 Read article

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