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Selective N-methylation of amides using (chloromethyl)dimethylchlorosilane/ fluoride: Application to the large scale synthesis of a pyrimidone intermediate for Raltegravir

Raltegravir (free base) Selective N- v’s O- alkylation of an amide can be challenging and somewhat unpredictable- the outcome being highly dependent on the structure of the substrate. A good example of this is the N-methylated pyrimidone intermediate (5) en route to Merck’s antiretroviral drug Raltegravir.1 Direct methylation of amide (4) (Figure 1) using MeI gives significant

What is the simplest marketed therapeutic?

Lithium (Li, Element 3) Lithium, first member of the group 1 alkali metals, was discovered in 1817 by Johan August Arfwedson. It’s been around since the dawn of (astronomical) time- both stable isotopes, Li6 and Li7, being among a small handful of elements created in the Big Bang.1Terrestrially its highly abundant in seawater (up to

All about the base- or lack of it! Base-free nickel catalysed decarbonylative Suzuki-Miyaura coupling of acid fluorides

Figure 1: Suzuki-Miyaura Coupling   It’s a reaction that most organic chemists have run at some stage in their careers and is almost certainly in the running for the most widely used C-C bond forming reaction. First reported in 1979, the Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling between an organoboron nucleophile and an aryl halide electrophile is still ubiquitous in

Which metallic element, central to the activity of the marine algal enzyme bromoperoxidase, is slowly converting 120 billion tons of bromide ions into organobromine compounds in the world’s oceans ?

Vanadium (V, Element 23) Vanadium, a group 5 transition metal, discovered in 1801 by Andres Manuel del Rio, occurs naturally as a component of vanadinite (Pb5(VO4)3Cl), one of the main industrial ores used as a source of the metal. Over 60 ores are known, with 70-80 thousand tonnes of ore mined globally each year, producing

Heterocyclic phosphonium salts- powerful intermediates for pyridine coupling

Heterocyclic phosphonium salts- powerful intermediates for pyridine coupling:- I’ve always had a keen interest in phosphorus chemistry and have followed the work of the McNally group at Colorado state on heterocyclic phosphonium salts closely. In late 2016 a paper describing synthesis and application of the so called HetPhos salts for C4 (or C2) functionalisation of

Reagent of the month: N-((Methylsulfonyl)oxy)acetimiodyl chloride (The Fier reagent)

Figure 1 I guess to qualify as a reagent of the month the material has to fulfil certain criteria and commercial availability, though not essential, is very desirable. N-((Methylsulfonyl)oxy)acetimiodyl chloride (henceforth known, at least by me, as Fier’s reagent) is now available to buy from Sigma Aldrich (CAS: 1433887-06-9). The compound is an air and