Re:It may be easier than we thought!
Posted by Animal on March 19, 1997 at 15:09:11:
In Reply to: Re:PA, have you ever looked up nandrolone syn.? posted by PA on March 19, 1997 at 12:04:10:
: Nandrolone is made from the methyl ether of estradiol by a method
: called birch reduction which requires lithium metal in liquid ammonia, not
: a very simple procedure (requires expensive equipment)
Take liquid ammonia from a cylinder that has been turned upside down. After the flask is about 1/2 full you put in the lithium turnings or lithium wire that was under ether and you get the blue solution. Add THF or ether, then the estradiol. Let react....blah, blah, blah. That isn't too hard, but I am going to go look it up as to check the yields. Additionally, when mercury(II) nitrate is added to benzene you don't need any solvents to dissolve the alkene? Have you actually done this experiment as the mercury(II) nitrate would start reacting right away? It seems that you would want to add the merc nit dropwise and have an excess of benzene? Just a thought. Anarchy in the USA!