In this issue, E. N. Jacobsen et al. review cation–π interactions in small-molecule catalysis. How have mechanistic studies begun to enable rational applications in catalyst design? In a Minireview, M. Beller et al. summarize the research on metal nanoparticles supported on nitrogen-doped carbon and their use in catalysis beyond electrochemistry. The Highlight deals with the electrochemical allylic oxidation of olefins (S. R. Waldvogel and M. Selt). In an Editorial, R. G. Bergman and R. L. Danheiser discuss reproducibility in chemical research.
In the Communications section, J. L. Sessler et al. describe how to activate platinum(IV) prodrugs by motexafin gadolinium as a redox mediator (see picture). A. Huang et al. succeeded in the efficient synthesis of dimethyl ether from methanol in a bifunctional zeolite membrane reactor, and Y.-M. Kang et al. identified cobalt-doped FeS2 nanospheres with complete solid solubility as a high-performance anode material for sodium-ion batteries.
And finally, J. I. Seeman presents the literary personality and writing style of Chemistry Nobel Laureate R. B. Woodward.
- Angewandte Chemie 41/2016: Catalysis and Beyond,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55 (41).