Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Dr. Elke Schoffers

Second Advisor

Dr. James Kiddle

Third Advisor

Dr. Sherine Obare

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This project is concerned with the preparation of scyllo-inosarnine hydrochloride 6, a biologically active compound, which bears six successive stereogenic centers. The synthesis of this compound would help elucidate the involvement of inosamines in biological nitrogen fixation. myo-Inositol served as the starting material to synthesize target compound 6. Regioselective protection and deprotection of myo-inositol provided azide 43 as key intermediate. In the final steps deprotection of five benzyl groups and reduction of azido group was achieved by catalytic hydrogenation. scyllo-Inosamine hydrochloride 6 was fully characterized by m.p., 1H NMR, 13C NMR, IR, EA and via its acetate derivative. Moreover we investigated the bacterial oxidation of myo-inositol 23, the Swem oxidation of diol 35, and the reduction of oxime 2.

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