Organic Letters 2018 Outstanding Publication of the Year Lectureship Award

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Tehshik P. Yoon Wins 2018 Organic Letters Outstanding Publication of the Year Lectureship Award

 

Tehshik P. Yoon, Professor in the Department of Chemistry at University of Wisconsin, Madison, is the winner of the 2018 Organic Letters Outstanding Publication of the Year Award Lectureship. This award honors the author of an outstanding letter published in the previous calendar year that demonstrates creativity and impact in the field of organic chemistry, and is sponsored by Organic Letters and the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry.

 

“The 2018 Organic Letters Outstanding Publication by Tehshik Yoon entitled ‘Radical Cation Cycloadditions Using Cleavable Redox Auxiliaries’ provides an elegant new synthetic tactic to access both Diels-Alder and [2+2]-cycloadducts from vinyl sulfides exploiting visible-light-photoredox catalysts,” said Organic Letters Editor-in-Chief Amos B. Smith, III.

“By introducing an electron-rich redox auxiliary, the author turned an otherwise unactivated alkene into an oxidizable substrate under mild conditions,” Smith said. “Importantly, the activating sulfide can then be readily removed to permit access to diverse four- and six-member ring structures. As such, this new synthetic protocol solved a common substrate limitation in radical cation cycloadditions and is likely to inspire related efforts in many laboratories interested in complex molecule synthesis.”