Catalytic asymmetric nucleophilic epoxidation

Treatment of diethyl tartrate with dibutylmagnesium leads to the presumed formation of a magnesium alkoxide, which functions as an efficient asymmetric catalyst for the nucleophilic epoxidation of both aromatic and completely aliphatic acyclic enones..

Total synthesis of cyclic peptides

Key References

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Olivier Jacques, Sarah J. Richards and Richard F.W. Jackson, Chem. Commun. 2001, 2712-2713;