New insights into how the most iconic reaction in organic chemistry really works

New insights into how the most iconic reaction in organic chemistry really works – The Diels-Alder reaction is the most iconic organic chemistry reaction. Kendall Houk and colleagues report in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences exactly how this chemical reaction, discovered in 1928, occurs. Reference: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2012; [cite]10.1073/pnas.1209316109[/cite]

New insights into how the most iconic reaction in organic chemistry really works – The Diels-Alder reaction is the most iconic organic chemistry reaction. Kendall Houk and colleagues report in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences exactly how this chemical reaction, discovered in 1928, occurs. Reference: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2012; (10.1073/pnas.1209316109)

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Author: Robert Slinn

Robert Slinn is ChemSpy's guest columnist. You can read his chemical news updates under the banner "Slinn Pickings". Robert is a Chartered Chemist (CChem), Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) and is a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool. He has extensive experience in R&D: synthesis, analysis and analytical methods development; troubleshooting, consultancy, and teaching/training methods in industry and in academia. Robert is also 'Physical Methods' author for the Specialist Periodical Report series 'Organophosphorus Chemistry', published by Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK. Robert has worked alongside David on the Bedside Book of Chemistry and a major Thomson-Reuters report on the state of the pharmaceutical industry for the 2011 International Year of Chemistry