Natural Products Synthesis (2)

The most important part of our research in week 3-4 lies in the successful synthesis of prenylated methyl-p-benzoquinone products with pure NMR spectra obtained for publication. This involved prolonged reaction monitoring, doing overnight NMR experiment, and a little bit of luck. Luckily our experimental data confirmed our research hypothesis and the synthesized products are on their way to a lab in Germany for further biological testing!

At the same time, more byproducts are identified for the elucidation of the reaction mechanisms. We have also tried out a new reaction that might work from our preliminary results, and we will be starting to look at the new reaction products in the next few weeks.