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Department of Chemistry University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA Organic chemistry in crisis? "Not so," says Dieter Seebach, who argues that the fantastic progress made in this field over the last decade is not a sign of maturation, but instead is only a window opening wider on ever-expanding opportunities. D. Seebach, "Organic synthesis--where now?" Angewandte Chemie, International Edition in English, 29, 1320-67, November 1990. (ETH-Zentrum, Zurich) Measurements in the picosecond realm a

Dennis Curran

Department of Chemistry
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Organic chemistry in crisis? "Not so," says Dieter Seebach, who argues that the fantastic progress made in this field over the last decade is not a sign of maturation, but instead is only a window opening wider on ever-expanding opportunities.

D. Seebach, "Organic synthesis--where now?" Angewandte Chemie, International Edition in English, 29, 1320-67, November 1990. (ETH-Zentrum, Zurich)

Measurements in the picosecond realm are usually conducted by sophisticated spectroscopic experiments. A new technique makes measurements of rate constants of some of the fastest radical reactions accessible to almost any library.

M. Newcomb, M.B. Manek, "Picosecond radical kinetics. Benzeneselenol as a fast radical trapping agent and rate constants for ring opening of the trans-(2-Phenylcyclopropyl)carbinyl radical," Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), 112, 9662-3. 19 December 1990. (Texas A&M University, College Station)

An imaginative series of labeling and product studies indicates that (aminomethyl)oxazolidinones inactivate...

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