Authors: Brett D. Schwartz, Justin R. Denton, Huw M. L. Davies, Craig M. Williams
Australian J. Chem.,
2009, 62, 980-982
Vibsanin E (1), a structurally rare complex diterpene, consisting of a compact 3-oxatricyclo[6.3.2.05,10] tridecane core and an unprecedented 3,3-dimethylacroyl enol ester functional group, formulate a considerable synthetic challenge. Williams and Davies failed to independently synthesize this nemesis, however, a ‘two heads are better than one’ approach delivered the first total synthesis of the molecule, since its diamond aniversary isolation.