Continuous-flow synthesis and derivatization of aziridines through palladium-catalyzed C(sp3)−H activation

    Jacek Zakrzewski1, Adam P. Smalley2, Dr. Mikhail A. Kabeshov2, Prof. Matthew J. Gaunt2, Prof. Alexei A. Lapkin1

    • 1 Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
    • 2 Chemistry Department, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

    A continuous-flow synthesis of aziridines by palladium-catalyzed C(sp3)-H activation is described. The new flow reaction could be combined with an aziridine-ring-opening reaction to give highly functionalized aliphaticamines through a consecutive process. A predictive mechanistic model was developed and used to design the C-H activation flow process and illustrates an approach towards first-principles design based on novel catalytic reactions.

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