Absolute Configuration and the Structure of Chlorophyll

@article{Fleming1967AbsoluteCA,
  title={Absolute Configuration and the Structure of Chlorophyll},
  author={Ian Fleming},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1967},
  volume={216},
  pages={151-152}
}
  • I. Fleming
  • Published 14 October 1967
  • Chemistry
  • Nature
THE structure of chlorophyll is known in considerable detail. The correct gross structure was put forward by Hans Fischer1 and confirmed in a beautiful synthesis by R. B. Woodward2,3; the relative configuration of the methyl and propionic ester groups on ring D was shown to be trans by Ficken, Johns and Linstead4; the stereochemistry and absolute configuration of the phytyl group was shown by Burrell, Jackman and Weedon5,6 to be 2′-trans-7′R,11′R and the relative configuration at C10 was shown… 
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