Synlett 2010(5): 749-752  
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1219344
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Synthesis of 3-Nitropyrrolidines via Dipolar Cycloaddition Reactions Using a Modular Flow Reactor

Marcus Baumann, Ian R. Baxendale, Steven V. Ley*
Innovative Technology Centre, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1EW, UK
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Received 20 November 2009
Publication Date:
25 January 2010 (eFirst)


The generation and subsequent use of unstabilised azomethine ylides in dipolar cycloaddition reactions within a flow microreactor is demonstrated. The 3-nitropyrrolidines produced were furthermore subjected to chemoselective hydrogenation reactions using the H-Cube® system. To ensure product purities in excess of 90-95%, immobilised scavengers were successfully employed.