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Monatshefte für Chemie - Chemical Monthly

Monatshefte für Chemie - Chemical Monthly

An International Journal of Chemistry

Editor-in-Chief: Peter Gärtner

ISSN: 0026-9247 (print version)
ISSN: 1434-4475 (electronic version)

Journal no. 706

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Editor's Choice Papers

The following 5 papers have been selected as Editor’s choices out of all papers published during the last year in Monatshefte für Chemie – Chemical Monthly.

Electroanalysis of antioxidants in pharmaceutical dosage forms: state-of-the-art and perspectives 

Guzel Ziyatdinova, Herman Budnikov

This article presents recent developments and future trends in electroanalytical chemistry of antioxidants in pharmaceutical dosage forms. The advantages of constant-current coulometry and different types of voltammetry – in particular rapid response, sensitivity, selectivity, and low detection limits – are demonstrated. Special attention is paid to various types of chemically modified electrodes including carbon nanomaterials, nanoparticles of metals, self-organized systems, and their combination. The data presented confirms that electroanalysis can be considered as an alternative or complementary technique to spectrophotometric and separation methods for determination of antioxidants in pharmaceuticals and can thus be considered extremely interesting for the scientific community.

A theoretical view on the thermodynamic cis–trans equilibrium of dihalo ruthenium olefin metathesis (pre-)catalysts 

Eva Pump, Luigi Cavallo, Christian Slugovc

This work was conducted to provide an overview of the position of the thermodynamic cis-trans equilibrium of a number of alkylidene-ruthenium complexes. The reported energies were obtained through single-point calculations with M06 functional and TZVP basis set from BP86/SVP-optimized cis- and trans-dichloro geometries and using the polarizable continuum model to simulate the influence of the solvent. The obtained relative stabilities of the cis- and trans-dihalo derivatives of the respective alkylidene complexes will offer a better explanation of the catalytic activity of the complexes and will thus be highly important with regard to metathesis reactions.

Synthesis of new tetrahydropyridinylidene ammonium salts and their antiprotozoal potency 

Werner Seebacher, Johanna Faist, Ferdinand Belaj, Robert Saf, Marcel Kaiser, Reto Brun, Robert Weis

In this manuscript, the authors describe a simple and straightforward method for the synthesis of several new tetrahydropyridinylidene ammonium salts by means of selective reduction and subsequently test these compounds for biological activity. Some of them proved to have interesting profiles and offer a point of departure for the development of even more active and selective pharmaceuticals, a field of research that is highly relevant for society in general.

2-Amino-1,3,5-triazine chemistry: hydrogen-bond networks, Takemoto thiourea catalyst analogs, and olfactory mapping of a sweet-smelling triazine 

Li Xiao, Alexander Pöthig, Lukas Hintermann

This well-balanced paper describes the synthesis of thiourea-based hydrogen bond donor catalysts that are related to the Takemoto and Schreiner thiourea motif. The crystal structure of one of the synthesized compounds was studied to gain further insights into the mode of hydrogen bonding. The authors subsequently describe the application of these new catalysts in different reactions. Unfortunately, none of the tested novel motifs showed catalytic activity under Takemoto conditions. Nonetheless, the authors took a closer look at a specific aspect of their research and put it into focus. During the course of their research they found that some products exhibited a sweet smell. This observation is significant due to the fact that heterocyclic amine derivatives aren’t generally known for this odorous behavior. Reevaluation of the analytical data revealed that the pleasant smelling character was due to an impurity, which they isolated and resynthesized in pure form to confirm its olfactometric properties. In the process, they synthesized a broad selection of derivatives.

Library synthesis of cardiomyogenesis inducing compounds using an efficient two-step-one-flow process 

Michael Schön, Dominik Dreier, Michael Schnürch, Marko D. Mihovilovic

This work describes the development of a very elegant flow process to access a small library of biologically relevant target molecules that induce cardiomyogenesis. In addition, it proposes a quick and robust screening protocol and subsequent analysis protocol. It was shown that the method allows the synthesis of compounds also on larger scale and enough material was delivered for extensive biological testing. The paper is not only interesting from a synthesis point of view applying flow chemistry, but also from a medicinal chemistry point of view, as it provides rapid access to cardiomyogenesis inducers. These compounds will become even more important in the future, as heart attacks, defects and injuries of the heart are among the major health risks today. These compounds will provide valuable resources in the context of regenerative tissue therapy.
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