‘Twas the night before Christmas 🎄 and… The final version of our paper with Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) describing the facile decomposition of commonly used sodium alkoxide bases under air is now in press in ACS Catalysis. These bases maintain their appearance as free-flowing white or off-white solids while undergoing a complex decomposition process to various inorganic salts that is triggered by initial reaction with CO2 in the air. Congrats to the team: Bob, Aunji, Ryan, and Steve from BMS; and Joe, Van, Taeho, Omar, and Roman from Scripps!
Click here for a link to the paper: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acscatal.0c04124
The work first appeared as pre-print back in June: https://chemrxiv.org/articles/preprint/An_Under-Appreciated_Source_of_Reproducibility_Issues_in_Cross-Coupling_Solid-State_Decomposition_of_Primary_Sodium_Alkoxides_in_Air/12818234