Synthesis 2020; 52(20): 3036-3046
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1707167
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York

Preparation of Diorganomagnesium Reagents by Halogen–Lithium Exchange of Functionalized Heteroaryl Halides and Subsequent in situ Trapping with MgCl2·LiCl in Continuous Flow

Rodolfo Hideki Vicente Nishimura
a  Colegiado de Ciências Farmacêuticas, Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco, Avenue José de Sá Maniçoba, Petrolina, 56304-205 Petrolina, Brazil
Niels Weidmann
b  Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department Chemie, Butenandtstraße 5–13, 81377 München, Germany   Email: [email protected]
b  Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department Chemie, Butenandtstraße 5–13, 81377 München, Germany   Email: [email protected]
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Funding Information: Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, (Grant / Award Number: ) Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, (Grant / Award Number: '2018/08856-5')
R. H. V. Nishimura thanks Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP, Grant number: 2018/08856-5) for financial support. N. Weidmann thanks the German Academic Scholarship Foundation for a fellowship. We thank the DFG and LMU for financial support. We further thank BASF (Ludwigshafen) and Albemarle (Frankfurt) for the generous gift of chemicals, and Vapourtec and Uniqsis for technical support.
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Publication History

Received: 28 May 2020

Accepted after revision: 30 May 2020

Publication Date:
29 June 2020 (online)

These authors contributed equally.

In memory of Prof. Dr. Rolf Huisgen


A halogen–lithium exchange in the presence of MgCl2·LiCl on a broad range of heterocyclic scaffolds using a commercial flow set-up with nBuLi as exchange reagent is reported. The resulting diheteroarylmagnesium species were subsequently trapped with various electrophiles, such as ketones, aldehydes, allylic bromides, or disulfides affording functionalized heterocycles. A scale-up was performed by simply increasing the run-time without further optimizations.

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