Deprotection of N-Boc Groups Under Continuous Flow High Temperature Conditions
- Bryan Li
- Ruizhi Li
- Peter Dorff
- James Christopher McWilliams
- Robert M Guinn
- Steven M. Guinness
- Lu Han
- Ke Wang
- Shu Yu
- Medicinal Science, Worldwide Research and Development, Pfizer Inc., Eastern Point Road, Groton, Connecticut 06340, United StatesRead the publication that featured this abstract
The scope of thermolytic, N-Boc deprotection was studied on 26 compounds from the Pfizer compound library, representing a diverse set of structural moieties. Among these compounds, 12 substrates resulted in clean (≥95% product) deprotection, and an additional three compounds gave ≥90% product. The thermal de-Boc conditions were found to be compatible with a large number of functional groups. A combination of computational modeling, statistical analysis, and kinetic model fitting was used to support an initial, slow, and concerted proton transfer with release of isobutylene, followed by a rapid decarboxylation. A strong correlation was found to exist between the electrophilicity of the N-Boc carbonyl group and the reaction rate.
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