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Live at the palladium

In March 1989, two chemists, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleishmann, stunned the world by claiming that an electrical current from a palladium electrode immersed in a test tube of water had resulted in nuclear ‘cold fusion’ at room temperature.1 For many years, attempts to understand and reproduce this seemingly impossible result- with sketchy information from

Identify the reagents 5: answers

Back in August I posted a scheme for the synthesis of a late-stage intermediate towards PF-06826647, a compound identified by Pfizer as a potent and selective tyrosine kinase 2 (TYK-2) inhibitor. I asked if you could identify reagents or intermediates A, B and D. Below are the answers! You can read more here in the full

The Scientific Update Team – Together At Last

The Scientific Update Team had a brilliant evening having dinner and listening to the Jazz on The Pantiles in Royal Tunbridge Wells.  To be together celebrating that we are still very much here and have survived the most challenging 18 months in our history, was really rather special. We can’t wait to see you all

Identify the reagents 5: August 2021

The scheme below shows the synthesis of a late-stage intermediate towards PF-06826647, a compound identified by Pfizer as a potent and selective tyrosine kinase 2 (TYK-2) inhibitor that has entered phase 2 clinical trials for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Can you identify intermediates A, B and D? Answers and a reference will be posted

Identify the reagents 4: answers

Last month I posted a scheme for the synthesis of a late-stage intermediate towards AZD9833, a compound identified by AstraZeneca as a selective estrogen receptor degrader (SERD) and antagonist that is currently in phase 2b clinical trials for the treatment of ER+ breast cancer. I asked if you could identify reagents or intermediates A-C. Below are

Temozolomide- Mr kiss kiss bang bang

It’s not often that drug molecules find themselves on the reagent shelf alongside materials that may have been used to assemble them. The prince and the pauper so to speak. In 2019 Paul Hergenrother from the University of Illinois published a paper in Angewandte Chemie claiming a diazomethane surrogate that was a commercially available, weighable, solid:

Veni Vidi Vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)

A couple of interesting papers published recently on aryl iodination. I sure I don’t need to reiterate how useful iodinated intermediates are in synthesis- most significantly their heightened reactivity in metal catalysed cross coupling chemistry,1 and, more recently their application as organocatalysts in hypervalent iodine chemistry.2 As is common in synthetic science, the intermediates you

Identify the reagents 4: July 2021

The scheme below shows the synthesis of a late-stage intermediate towards AZD9833, a compound identified by AstraZeneca as a selective estrogen receptor degrader (SERD) and antagonist that is currently in phase 2b clinical trials for the treatment of ER+ breast cancer. Can you identify reagents or intermediates A, B and C? Answers and a reference

Identify the reagents 3: answers

Last month I posted a scheme from showing Oppolzer’s synthesis of racemic Lysergic acid and asked if you could identify reagents or intermediates G, I, and H. Below are the answers! You can read more here in the full reference: W. Oppolzer et al, Helv. Chim. Acta 1981, 64, 478–481  

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