Anodic Oxidation of Phenols: A Key Step for the Synthesis of Natural Products

Takashi Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi Saitoh, Yasuaki Einaga, Shigeru Nishiyama

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Natural products have played a significant role not only in discovery of drugs but also in development of organic chemistry by providing the synthetic challenges. Inspired by biosynthesis where enzymes catalyze a multi-step reaction, we have investigated the natural product synthesis utilizing electrochemical reactions as the key step. Electrochemical organic synthesis, so-called electro-organic synthesis, enables to control the reactivity of substrates simply by tuning electrolysis conditions. In this Personal Account, we overview the recent progress of our research projects about natural product synthesis, in which anodic oxidation of phenol compounds affords the important frameworks such as diaryl ether, spirodienone, and spiroisoxazoline.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2254-2268
Number of pages15
JournalChemical Record
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Sept


  • Anodic oxidation
  • Diaryl ether
  • Natural products
  • Phenol
  • Spiro compounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Chemistry


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