Continuous Flow Synthesis of Non-Symmetrical Ureas from CO2

    • Alexandre Labichea, Maylis Norlöffa, Dr. Sophie Feuillastrea, Dr. Frederic Tarana, Dr. Davide Audisioa
    • aUniversité Paris Saclay, CEA, Département Médicaments et Technologies pour la Santé, SCBM, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France

    We report on a continuous flow synthetic process of non-symmetrical ureas, based on the implementation of a Staudinger/aza-Wittig reaction sequence. This flow technology allows obtaining the key urea functional group directly from the fundamental C1 building block CO2. A library of 26 derivatives, including alkyl/alkyl, alkyl/aryl and aryl/aryl ureas could be synthesised. In addition, the method was also suitable for the synthesis of S-thiocarbamates. The potential for large-scale reaction implementation and a first application to continuous flow 13C-isotope labeling are shown.

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