Anodic Oxidation as an Enabling Tool for the Synthesis of Natural Products

Leander Geske, Eisuke Sato, Till Opatz

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Electrochemistry provides a valuable toolbox for organic synthesis and offers an appealing, environmentally benign alternative to the use of stoichiometric quantities of chemical oxidants or reductants. Its potential to control current efficiency along with providing alternative reaction conditions in a classical sense makes electrochemistry a suitable method for large-scale industrial transformations as well as for laboratory applications in the synthesis of complex molecular architectures. Even though research in this field has intensified over the recent decades, many synthetic chemists still hesitate to add electroorganic reactions to their standard repertoire, and hence, the full potential of preparative organic electrochemistry has not yet been unleashed. This short review highlights the versatility of anodic transformations by summarizing their application in natural product synthesis. 1 Introduction 2 Shono-Type Oxidation 3 C-N/N-N Bond Formation 4 Aryl-Alkene/Aryl-Aryl Coupling 5 Cycloadditions Triggered by Oxidation of Electron-Rich Arenes 6 Spirocycles 7 Miscellaneous Transformations 8 Future Prospects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2781-2794
Number of pages14
JournalSynthesis (Germany)
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - Oct 16 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • anodic oxidation
  • electrochemistry
  • natural product synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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