Chinese Journal of Chemistry

Cover image for Vol. 35 Issue 6

Editorial Board Chairs: Antonello Mai, Rainer Metternich. Assoc. Editors: David Peralta, Scott Williams (Sr)

Online ISSN: 1614-7065

Associated Title(s): Chemistry - A European Journal, Chemistry – An Asian Journal, Israel Journal of Chemistry, The Chemical Record

30_11/2012Cover Picture: The First Catalytic Asymmetric Morita-Baylis-Hillman Reaction of Acrolein with Aromatic Aldehydes (Chin. J. Chem. 11/2012)

The cover picture shows the first catalytic asymmetric Morita-Baylis-Hillman (MBH) reaction of acrolein with aromatic aldehydes. Simplicity is beauty. As one of the simplest nucleophiles in MBH reaction, acrolein has never been used for the catalytic asymmetric reaction with aldehydes, although the resulting MBH adducts, with a versatile aldehyde group, are extremely useful. The Hatakeyama's catalyst β-isocupreidine, in combination with 20 mol% of 2,6-dimethoxybenzoic acid, is found to be able to catalyze the reaction of acrolein with aromatic aldehydes to give the desired MBH adducts in up to 81% ee. More details are discussed in the article by Zhou et al. on page 2631–2635.

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