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The curtain has now gone down on this year’s Oxford Synthesis meeting, but this morning’s presentations maintained the standard we had become used to over the previous two days.
Erick Carreira gave a stunning lecture, depite having flown in from Singapore for the final day of the meeting and having to reconstitute his slides from various back-ups after a catastrophic computer crash. He gave an eloquent account of his group’s synthesis and evaluation of amphotericin B and some intriguing work on chlorosulfolipids (which recently featured in CW’s Totally Synthetic column).
To cap off the session, Dirk Trauner followed on from Gerry Pattenden’s lecture last night with some really elegant biomimetic terpene synthesis exploiting pericyclic reactions, and Dieter Enders gave a comprehensive round-up of his group’s work on organocatalysis using proline-derived molecules and N-heterocyclic carbenes to promote a variety of different reaction cascades.
It’s been a great meeting and I’ve met a lot of interesting people, so it’s a shame to have to leave. However, after a week of cloudy days, the sun is finally shining so I think I might go for a wander around Oxford before the long journey home.