A shorter path for the synthesis of polycyclic terpenes
Xanthates comprise a class of organic salts formed by the treatment of an alcohol with carbon disulfide in the presence of an alkali. These organosulphur compounds are versatile intermediates in organic synthesis. The EU-funded Route2polyTepr project will demonstrate how xanthates could significantly shorten the synthesis path of synthetic polycyclic terpenes and terpene alkaloids. Xanthates enable the formation of new carbon–carbon bonds on unactivated alkenes as well as the formation of rings that are impossible to achieve with other methods. The project will generate new knowledge on xanthates' potential in radical reactions (powerful carbon–carbon bond-forming processes).
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