The dreamy P. S. Baran just published yet another JACS paper!
One of the things that I find amusing about this particular publication is that they very proudly proclaim "Gram-Scale, Enantiospecific Total Syntheses of Kapakahines B (1) and F (2)", and the whole scheme represents six steps. They even re-comment [gram-scale] under four of the six steps so you can be sure as to which are done on this huge, huge scale.
The other wonderus addition in this landmark effort is his new custom arrows! Those plain old arrows for schemes in ChemDraw must not have been up to his standards. I bet in the coming months those of you in academia will be deluged by student presentations using these jewels, and other similar knock offs. Another wonderful fluff addition (like the utterly useless chemoselective) courtesy of TSRI.
Well I'm off to work up my reaction. I had took 86 g of impure material laying around from prior runs of step 2. I figured I'd push it through in hopes of having > 1 g at step 7.