A few days ago, one of my coworkers at the new job asked me to tell them what the newest, coolest trends in synthetic organic chemistry were. And, I readily confessed, even though I write this blog, I'm still in the dark about exactly what folks find exciting, even week to week!
New ligands for palladium? Been there.
Protecting group-free synthesis? Done that.
SF5? CF3? Polyfluorination? Old news, now.
Even cobalt, which seems to be the new darling of the catalysis community, feels like it's taking a comfy chair in all my favorite journals.
So, tell me, Internet: What's the newest, coolest stuff you've heard about?