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Synthesis of Methoxyisopropyl (MIP)-Protected (R)-Mandelonitrile and Derivatives in a Flow Reactor

Synthesis of Methoxyisopropyl (MIP)-Protected (R)-Mandelonitrile and Derivatives in a Flow Reactor Abstract Cyanohydrins are synthetically versatile chiral building blocks in organic synthesis. They can be conveniently synthesized in enantiomerically pure form via chemoenzymatic hydrogen cyanide addition onto the corresponding aldehyde using hydroxynitrile lyase. Recently, we reported that such transformations can be efficiently carried out in a continuous flow manner using microreactors. Since racemization of enantiopure cyanohydrins occurs readily under slightly basic conditions, they should be protected before the follow-up reactions, preferably under acidic conditions. In this contribution, we demonstrate that the methoxyisopropyl protection of mandelonitrile can be conveniently optimized in an automated microscale continuous flow system and subsequently scaled up under the same conditions by applying a larger flow reactor. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Flow Chemistry Springer Journals

Synthesis of Methoxyisopropyl (MIP)-Protected (R)-Mandelonitrile and Derivatives in a Flow Reactor

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
2012 Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN
2062-249X
eISSN
2063-0212
DOI
10.1556/jfc-d-12-00008
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Abstract

Abstract Cyanohydrins are synthetically versatile chiral building blocks in organic synthesis. They can be conveniently synthesized in enantiomerically pure form via chemoenzymatic hydrogen cyanide addition onto the corresponding aldehyde using hydroxynitrile lyase. Recently, we reported that such transformations can be efficiently carried out in a continuous flow manner using microreactors. Since racemization of enantiopure cyanohydrins occurs readily under slightly basic conditions, they should be protected before the follow-up reactions, preferably under acidic conditions. In this contribution, we demonstrate that the methoxyisopropyl protection of mandelonitrile can be conveniently optimized in an automated microscale continuous flow system and subsequently scaled up under the same conditions by applying a larger flow reactor.

Journal

Journal of Flow ChemistrySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 1, 2012

Keywords: chemistry/food science, general; green chemistry; organic chemistry; inorganic chemistry; nanochemistry; industrial chemistry/chemical engineering

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