Zhu et al (Buchwald lab) (NChem)
Another great reaction that I was thinking to dedicate a separate post for but will never manage. Just check out this teaser scheme: two steps, two distant stereocenters, great chemoselectivity, and so drug-like!
Thanh Binh Nguyen (OPR&D)
Brilliant batch-washing of NMR tubes in a vacuum dessicator that has already got some good publicity in the blogosphere but probably won’t get too many citations. In theory, nothing can stop you from applying the same technique to any other glassware that has a solid bottom (flasks, beakers, etc.).
Williams & Trauner (ACIE)
Guess the name reaction (step c).
But the paper is worth checking not because of this step.
Newcomb et al (Ferreira lab): (JACS)
Some tips on increasing (E,E) yield:
Just a nice example of sigmatropic rearrangement: