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Issue 7, 2011
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Bioinspired terpene synthesis: a radical approach

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Abstract

This tutorial review highlights the development of radical-based bioinspired synthesis of terpenes from the initial proposal to the development of modern catalytic methods for performing such processes. The power of the radical approach is demonstrated by the straightforward syntheses of many natural products from readily available starting materials. The efficiency of these processes nicely complements the described cationic polyolefin cyclisations and even suggests that modern radical methods provide means to improve upon nature's synthetic pathways.

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Submitted
21 Dec 2010
First published
12 Apr 2011

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2011,40, 3525-3537
Article type
Tutorial Review

Bioinspired terpene synthesis: a radical approach

J. Justicia, L. Álvarez de Cienfuegos, A. G. Campaña, D. Miguel, V. Jakoby, A. Gansäuer and J. M. Cuerva, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2011, 40, 3525
DOI: 10.1039/C0CS00220H

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