Haengsoon Park

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The total synthesis of ustiloxin D, a highly potent inhibitor of microtubule assembly, has been achieved. Notable features are the use of nucleophilic aromatic substitution (SNAr) for the construction of a chiral tertiary alkyl-aryl ether linkage, Sharpless asymmetric aminohydroxylation for the formation of the beta-hydroxytyrosine moiety,(More)
Synthetic investigations of ustiloxin natural products are described. The first total synthesis of ustiloxin F was completed in 15 steps via ethynyl aziridine ring-opening by a phenol derivative. The results of biological tests of synthetic ustiloxins D and F, and two analogs, O-Me-ustiloxin D and 6-Ile-ustiloxin, demonstrated that the free hydroxyl group(More)
Through a systematic examination of ligand and counterion effects, new protocols for a nearly quantitative and highly selective codimerization of ethylene and various functionalized vinylarenes have been discovered. In a typical reaction, 4-bromostyrene and ethylene undergo codimerization in the presence of 0.0035 equiv each of [(allyl)NiBr]2,(More)
Only a limited number of ligands have been successfully employed for the Ni-catalyzed asymmetric hydrovinylation reaction. Diarylphosphonites prepared from readily available carbohydrates in conjunction with a highly dissociated counterion ([3,5-(CF3)2-C6H3)4B]- or SbF6-) effect the hydrovinylation of 4-bromostyrene or 4-isobutylstyrene under ambient(More)
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