Jump to main content
Jump to site search
Access to RSC content Close the message box

Continue to access RSC content when you are not at your institution. Follow our step-by-step guide.

Issue 11, 2009
Previous Article Next Article

The art of total synthesis through cascade reactions

Author affiliations


The growing importance of cascade reactions reflects and imparts advances in the state of the art of organic synthesis and underscores the desire of synthetic chemists to achieve higher levels of elegance and efficiency. Besides their esthetic appeal, cascade processes offer economical and environmentally friendly means for generating molecular complexity. Because of their many advantages, these reactions have found numerous applications in the synthesis of complex molecules, both natural and designed. In this tutorial review, we highlight the design and execution of cascade reactions within the context of total synthesis as demonstrated with selected examples from these laboratories.

Graphical abstract: The art of total synthesis through cascade reactions

Back to tab navigation

Article information

16 Feb 2009
First published
21 Apr 2009

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2009,38, 2993-3009
Article type
Tutorial Review

The art of total synthesis through cascade reactions

K. C. Nicolaou and J. S. Chen, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2009, 38, 2993
DOI: 10.1039/B903290H

Social activity

Search articles by author