Dear All,

I was just struck by the grim realization that I probably never will get the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. I have thus been forced to come up with a Plan B for immortality. Find attached my application for eternal life in the form of a Name Reaction. I think I have what it takes:

1. I have discovered a new reaction type:
Electron-rich 1,3-dienes react with sulfur dichloride in a ring-closure fashion to give thiophenes

2. The findings are published:
Tetrahedron Lett. 2004, 45, 6049-6050. (DOI: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2004.06.016)

3. Several independent group from far, far away have reproduced my results, and they mention my name:
JACS 2008, 130, 6734-6736. (DOI: 10.1021/ja8018675)
Org. Lett. 2009, 11, 1487-1490. (DOI: 10.1021/ol9000608)
Heterocycles 2010, 82, 449-460. (DOI: 10.3987/COM-10-S(E)16)

4. Last but not least, I have a non-pronounceable last name!

So guys, what do you say? Are we good to go or what? The way I see it, this is my last chance of cheating death.

Text-book editors and tutors, here’s a royalty free image you can use:

von Kieseritzky reaction
Figure 1. A reasonable mechanism for the von Kieseritzky reaction.


4 Responses to An application for immortality

  1. William Penrose says:

    Go for the immortal gold. Be cursed by generations of orgo students. You fulfill all the requirements, especially the most neglected one, #4.

  2. milkshake says:

    this is actually a nifty reaction – useful for the organic semicnductor stuff. I was curious how these alkoxy substituted thiophene building blocks are made.

  3. CatalysisAlex says:

    I always dreamed of the nobe-prize, but also have the realization that I will never get it. Most likely not even a tiny, local prize named after some unknown (yet-one-should-know) chemist.
    But my motto nevertheless has been:
    You got to reach for the stars, if you want to make it to the moon!

    Good luck mate, you have my vote!

  4. Ted Rahredral says:

    5. Rambling, off-topic Nobel lecture.

    Can you pull it off?

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