A convenient strategy that is ideally suited for the construction of all the naturally occurring cyclohexane diepoxides and cyclohexene epoxides is described. The key intermediate 12, a 1,3-cyclohexadiene, has been prepared from (-)-quinic acid in 11 steps with 18% overall yield. Singlet oxygen photooxygenation of the 1,3-cyclohexadiene followed by rearrangement of the resultant endoperoxides with either cobalt-meso-tetraphenylporphyrin or trimethyl phosphite afforded enantiopure (+)-crotepoxide, (+)-boesenoxide, and (-)-iso-crotepoxide or (-)-senepoxide, (+)-β-senepoxide, (+)-pipoxide acetate, and (-)-tingtanoxide, respectively.
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- Organic Chemistry