We've been looking at total synthesis in class and the uses of the products. An example was Willstätter's use of pseudopelletierine to synthesise cyclooctatetraene.
I've just been wondering how the mechanism would proceed and if someone could show me the entire reaction scheme then that would be great.
I think the first step to the mechanism involves a sodium radical attacking the ketone. I'm just a bit intrigued how it would all work.