Chemistry – An Asian Journal

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Editor: Theresa Kueckmann, Deputy Editor: Heiko Kuhn; Chairman of the Editorial Board: Ryoji Noyori

Impact Factor: 4.592

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 29/163 (Chemistry Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1861-471X

Associated Title(s): Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry, Chemistry - A European Journal, ChemNanoMat, Chinese Journal of Chemistry, Journal of the Chinese Chemical Society, The Chemical Record

8_02i/2013Inside Cover: Efficient and Selective Synthesis of α,β-Epoxy-γ-Butyrolactones from 2-Peroxy-1,4-Dicarbonyl Compounds (Chem. Asian J. 2/2013)

The α,β-Epoxy-γ-butyrolactone skeleton is found in many natural products (e.g., clavilactones). In their Communication on page 359 ff., Zhiping Li et al. report the synthesis of α,β-epoxy-γ-butyrolactones by nucleophile-initiated stereospecific cyclization of cis-α-ester-β-keto epoxides, which were synthesized by amine-catalyzed diasteroselective cyclization of 2-peroxy-1,4-dicarbonyls. The background image shows an internal structure of a mechanical watch, which indicates that the desired molecules can be precisely assembled step-by-step from simple starting materials.

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