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submitted on 26.07.2019 and posted on 26.07.2019by bowen fan, yongjun men, Susan van Rossum, Guotai Li, Rienk Eelkema
propose a new chemical reaction network for fuel-driven transient formation of
covalent bonds, based on redox-controlled conjugate addition and elimination
chemistry. By investigating the separate reactions making up the cycle, we find
that the bond formation, breaking and regeneration processes can be realized.
At present, substantial side reactivity prevents achieving repeated operation
of a full cycle in a single system. If such obstacles would be overcome, this
chemical reaction network could be a valuable addition to the toolbox for
out-of-equilibrium systems chemistry.