Figure (IMAGE) Kanazawa University Caption A Japanese research team at Kanazawa University developed a reaction for creating functionalized ketones. Using an N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) organocatalyst, with no need for metals or light irradiation, an acyl and an alkyl group are added across the double bond of an alkene. The NHC gives regioselective control over a relay process involving electron transfer followed by successive addition of two radicals onto the alkene. The diverse products are useful building blocks for further syntheses. Credit Kanazawa University Usage Restrictions The image may only be used with appropriate caption and credit. License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.