Two Recent Publications from the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry of NKUA in the Top 10% of the Most Downloaded Papers in the Journals “European Journal of Organic Chemistry” and “ChemCatChem”

On April 30th 2020, Wiley-VCH – European Chemical Society Publishing announced the top downloaded publications in recent publication history. Two publications from the Research Group of Assistant Professor Georgios C. Vougioukalakis are among the top 10% of the most downloaded papers in the scientific journals European Journal of Organic Chemistry and ChemCatChem.


Both publications are in the field of Organic Chemistry and Sustainable Catalysis. The first work is entitled “A Sustainable, User-Friendly Protocol for the Pd-Free Sonogashira Coupling Reaction” with authors Aggeliki A. Liori, Ioannis K. Stamatopoulos, Argyro T. Papastavrou, Afroditi Pinaka, and Georgios C. Vougioukalakis. It discusses the development of a new catalytic system for the palladium-free Sonogashira coupling reaction, based on a widely available, low-cost, non-toxic copper salt. The Sonogashira coupling reaction is widely utilized in industry and academia for the synthesis of compounds with important technological and biological applications. You can access this work by clicking:


The second work is entitled “Unprecedented Multicomponent Organocatalytic Synthesis of Propargylic Esters via CO2 Activation” with authors Argyro T. Papastavrou, Martin Pauze, Enrique Gómez-Bengoa, and Georgios C. Vougioukalakis. It discusses an innovative, efficient, and straightforward organocatalytic method for the direct, multicomponent carboxylation of terminal alkynes with CO2 and organochlorides, towards propargylic esters, for the first time. Given that CO2 is the major greenhouse effect gas, its monetization towards the preparation of useful chemicals is of outmost importance, especially when this is achieved in a highly sustainable manner. This work can be accessed by clicking:


More information about these works and other research projects implemented in the Research Group of Assistant Professor Georgios C. Vougioukalakis can be found here: