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Synthesis of (−)-Morphine

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posted on 28.09.2002, 00:00 by Douglass F. Taber, Timothy D. Neubert, Arnold L. Rheingold
The preparation of the diastereomerically pure β-tetralone ketal 4 is reported. Intramolecular alkylidene C−H insertion followed by hydrolysis of 4 proceeded to give the enantiomerically pure cyclopentene 15. The key step in this synthesis was the bis-intramolecular cyclization of keto aldehyde 2 to give the tetracyclic intermediate 20. Enone 20 was converted over several steps to (−)-morphine 1.