Continuous Flow Enables Metallaphotoredox Catalysis in a Medicinal Chemistry Setting: Accelerated Optimization and Library Execution of a Reductive Coupling between Benzylic Chlorides and Aryl Bromides
- Zachary G. Brill, Casey B. Ritts, Umar Faruk Mansoor, Nunzio Sciammetta
- Department of Discovery Chemistry, MRL, Merck & Co., Inc., 33 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115 USARead the publication that featured this abstract
Continuous flow has been used widely in process chemistry and academic settings for various applications. However, initial reaction discovery has generally remained “batch-exclusive” despite the existence of efficient, reproducible flow systems. We hereby disclose a workflow to bridge the gap between early medicinal chemistry efforts and process-scale development, showcased by the discovery and optimization of a metallaphotoredox-catalyzed cross-coupling between benzylic chlorides and aryl bromides, followed by two library syntheses of complex drug-like compounds.
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