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Enantioselective Synthesis of ()-Maoecrystal V by Enantiodetermining CH FunctionalizationArmen Zakarian,Huw M. L. Davies et al.,J. Am. Chem. Soc.2014, 136, 17738 [PDF] [SI] [AZ GROUP] [HMLD GROUP]DOI:10.1021/ja510573vThis is the second part of my coverage of...
Enantioselective Total Synthesis of ()-Maoecrystal VRegan J. Thompson et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 17750[PDF] [SI] [GROUP]DOI:10.1021/ja5109694Maoecrystal Vas the advanced nature of its final letter impliesis one of a great many unusual terpinoids from...
So, if you've been reading the chemical literature much in the last 5 years or so, you've probably noticed the ongoing explosion of papers on the topic of Photoredox chemistry. It seems that organic chemists in the field have been borrowing increasingly bizarre...

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 Before you hurry to check JACS, I made this myself.The ongoing trend towards more colourful graphical abstracts is a perennial topic for discussion around the blogosphere.[1] Rather than draw attention to recent crimes against chemical decency, many of...
Enantioselective Total Synthesis of ()-Maoecrystal VRegan J. Thompson et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 17750[PDF] [SI] [GROUP]DOI:10.1021/ja5109694Maoecrystal Vas the advanced nature of its final letter impliesis one of a great many unusual terpinoids from...
This weeks group meetings talk on Strategies in Synthetic Planning raised a number of interesting points for discussion, but I wanted to put just one to my readers and the online synthetic community: whats your favourite total synthesis?Strangely, the question...

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The virtues and shortcomings of total synthesis are both on display in this new paper from the Baran group at Scripps, “Total Synthesis of Maoecrystal V”. Actually, they’re on display in not only that paper, but in it and in the four previous...
Guest post byJessTheChemistIn 1965 Robert Burns Woodward won the Nobel prize for chemistry for the synthesis of complex organic molecules, including natural products such as cholesterol, strychnine, chlorophyll, cephalosporin, and colchicine. Unusually, Woodward...
Over at BRSMblog theres a good post on the best synthesis ever. Its a discussion I've had around Baran Lab before, and I figured since total synthesis is our jam, people might have something to contribute to his comment section. I already gave him my 3 cents...