Chromium(II) complex reagents
Organochromium(III) complex intermediates
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
-A synthetic method for the selective transformations of a selected morphine alkaloid in neutral aqueous medium is introduced. Full diastereoselectivity was achieved by the transformation of nepenthone (1) with [Cr(ida)(H2O)3] into 2a (20R) showing a complementary method as compared to the reactions with classical reagents to result in 2b (20S). A new unexpected morphine derivative 3 was prepared by a ligand-induced modification of the reaction which involves an unprecedented rearrangement.
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