n-Octane (C8H18) is a colorless liquid that is insoluble in water. It is obtained by fractional distillation of petroleum. Octane is flammable and moderately toxic. It is used for the calibration of antiknock properties of fuels. It is also used as a solvent and in organic synthesis.
Sharp eyed readers will note that a large part of this synthesis is adapted from the Zakarian group's previously reported total synthesis of racemic maoecrystal V from back in 2013, and in fact it reuses the same intramolecular Diels–Alder key step to construct the fused furanobicyclo[2.2.2]octane ring system:
1 octane synthesis essay - Depot Real Benlloch, S.A.
H2-driven biotransformation of n-octane to 1-octanol by a recombinant Pseudomonas putida strain co-synthesizing an O2-tolerant hydrogenase and a P450 monooxygenase.