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  3. An air-stable (amino)(amido)radical was synthesized by reacting a cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbene with carbazoyl chloride, followed by one-electron reduction. We show that an adjacent radical center weakens the amide bond. It enables the amino group to act as a strong acceptor under steric contraint, thus enhancing the stabilizing capto-dative effect. 
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  4. A novel family of cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbenes, which we name cyclic (amino)(barrelene)carbenes (CABCs) is reported. The key synthetic step involves an intramolecular [4+2] cyclization of an anthracene derivative with an alkyne. This synthetic approach allows for the attachment of both aryl and alkyl groups on the nitrogen atom. When used as ligand, two of the barrelene hydrogens are in close contact with the metal, which could stabilize low valent catalytic intermediates. 
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  5. Abstract

    Ketones are among the most useful functional groups in organic synthesis, and they are commonly encountered in a broad range of compounds with various applications. Herein, we describe the mesoionic carbene‐catalyzed coupling reaction of aldehydes with non‐activated secondary and even primary alkyl halides. This metal‐free method utilizes deprotonated Breslow intermediates derived from mesoionic carbenes (MICs), which act as super electron donors and induce the single‐electron reduction of alkyl halides. This mild coupling reaction has a broad substrate scope and tolerates many functional groups, which allows to prepare a diversity of simple ketones as well as bio‐active molecules by late‐stage functionalization.

     
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  6. Abstract

    Ketones are among the most useful functional groups in organic synthesis, and they are commonly encountered in a broad range of compounds with various applications. Herein, we describe the mesoionic carbene‐catalyzed coupling reaction of aldehydes with non‐activated secondary and even primary alkyl halides. This metal‐free method utilizes deprotonated Breslow intermediates derived from mesoionic carbenes (MICs), which act as super electron donors and induce the single‐electron reduction of alkyl halides. This mild coupling reaction has a broad substrate scope and tolerates many functional groups, which allows to prepare a diversity of simple ketones as well as bio‐active molecules by late‐stage functionalization.

     
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