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cis-1,2-Dihydrocatechols in Chemical Synthesis: First Synthesis of L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) from a Non-Carbohydrate Source

Martin G. Banwell, Simon Blakey, Gwion Harfoot and Robert W. Longmore

Australian Journal of Chemistry 52(2) 137 - 142
Published: 1999


The cis-1,2-dihydrocatechol (2), which is obtained in enantiopure form by microbial oxidation of chlorobenzene, has been converted, via 3,5-O-benzylidene-L-gulono-1,4-lactone (8), into L-ascorbic acid (1).

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