Dancing chemicals: Innovative catalytic reaction for low-cost synthesis of aromatic esters

Aromatic esters are a versatile group of compounds that are commonly used as feedstock in the chemical industry. However, high costs, low product yields, and harsh reaction conditions impede the production of pure-form aromatic esters. Recently, scientists in Japan have developed a new, practical catalytic reaction, called the “ester dance reaction,” to achieve a high yield of aromatic esters from low-cost starting materials.