Synlett 2017; 28(13): 1636-1640
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1588799
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In Situ Preparation and Consumption of O-Mesitylsulfonylhydroxylamine (MSH) in Continuous Flow for the Amination of Pyridines

Cara E. Brocklehurst*
Synthesis and Technologies, Global Discovery Chemistry, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Klybeckstrasse 141, 4057 Basel, Switzerland   Email: cara.brocklehurst@novartis.com
,
Guido Koch
Synthesis and Technologies, Global Discovery Chemistry, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Klybeckstrasse 141, 4057 Basel, Switzerland   Email: cara.brocklehurst@novartis.com
,
Stephanie Rothe-Pöllet
Synthesis and Technologies, Global Discovery Chemistry, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Klybeckstrasse 141, 4057 Basel, Switzerland   Email: cara.brocklehurst@novartis.com
,
Luigi La Vecchia
Synthesis and Technologies, Global Discovery Chemistry, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Klybeckstrasse 141, 4057 Basel, Switzerland   Email: cara.brocklehurst@novartis.com
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Publication History

Received: 08 February 2017

Accepted after revision: 28 March 2017

Publication Date:
02 May 2017 (online)

Abstract

The paper demonstrates a safe method in which highly unstable O-mesitylsulfonylhydroxylamine (MSH) can be prepared and consumed in continuous flow. MSH was prepared in situ and used for the flow amination of a range of pyridines, which were subsequently transformed into useful pyrazolopyridine building blocks.

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