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Diazo compounds in continuous-flow technology

Müller, Simon T. R. and Wirth, Thomas 2015. Diazo compounds in continuous-flow technology. Chemsuschem 8 (2) , pp. 245-250. 10.1002/cssc.201402874

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Diazo compounds are very versatile reagents in organic chemistry and meet the challenge of selective assembly of structurally complex molecules. Their leaving group is dinitrogen; therefore, they are very clean and atom-efficient reagents. However, diazo compounds are potentially explosive and extremely difficult to handle on an industrial scale. In this review, it is discussed how continuous flow technology can help to make these powerful reagents accessible on large scale. Microstructured devices can improve heat transfer greatly and help with the handling of dangerous reagents safely. The in situ formation and subsequent consumption of diazo compounds are discussed along with advances in handling diazomethane and ethyl diazoacetate. The potential large-scale applications of a given methodology is emphasized.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1864-5631
Date of Acceptance: 8 December 2014
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:48

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