Peraka Swamy, Marri Mahender Reddy, Mameda Naresh, Macharla Arun Kumar, Kodumuri Srujana, Chevella Durgaiah and Nama Narender
The front cover picture, provided by Nama Narender and co-workers, illustrates a highly regioselective oxidation process for the synthesis of aldehydes from alkenes in aqueous micellar media. This novel metal-free catalytic system utilizes NH4I as a pre-catalyst and oxone as a terminal oxidant under mild conditions. The catalytic cycle starts with the in situ generation of hypoiodite species and involves the formation of co-iodo intermediate and deiodination-facilitated vicinal aryl group migration through a semipinacol rearrangement. Details can be found in the communication on pages 1125–1130 (P. Swamy, M. M. Reddy, M. Naresh, M. A. Kumar, K. Srujana, C. Durgaiah, N. Narender, Adv. Synth. Catal. 2015, 357, 1125–1130; DOI: 10.1002/adsc.201400986).