To boldly go...

Chemical space is vast but now researchers at The Scripps Research Institute have devised a method to let them jump to warp speed for hooking together building blocks to reach far-flung regions of chemical space quickly. Their new approach to the reactivity of basic organic building blocks is extraordinarily robust and should allow them to make pharmaceuticals, fabrics, dyes, plastics and other materials previously inaccessible to chemists using mild olefin cross coupling. “We are rewriting the rules for how one thinks about the reactivity of basic organic building blocks, and in doing so we’re allowing chemists to venture where none has gone before,” explains team leader Phil Baran.