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Now You See Me, Now You Don’t- a Judicious Work-Around for Over-Bromination at Benzylic Carbon

One of the most challenging reactions we carry out as synthetic chemists is bromination of a benzylic carbon- the so called Wohl-Ziegler reaction.1 It’s a seemingly simple transformation – not particularly difficult to perform- and potentially very useful. In fact it’s a little too easy. Just add NBS and a radical initiator to an aryl

Metal Hydride? NO Protection, NO Problem and NO-Where to Hide

Process chemists at Genentech recently published their work on development of a kilo-scale synthesis of JAK-1 inhibitor- GDC-4379 (Figure 1).1The central heterocyclic core of the molecule consists of a 4-aminopyrazole moiety (elaborated as the pyrazolopyrimidene amide- presumably the inhibitor hinge binding fragment in the kinase active site) with an additional aryl substituent at C-3 and

Boron Joins the Nitro-Circus

The first electrophilc aromatic substitution reaction you were taught as an undergraduate was almost certainly nitration.1 Nitration and subsequent reduction of the aryl nitro group to an aniline via high temperature metal catalysed hydrogenation remains an important industrial process. The reduction has many flavours- both in terms of the substitution pattern on the aryl (and

Reagent of the month: Lithium Aluminium hydride

One might think that this hard-hitting, students best friend (it will reduce just about anything given the right conditions and is the go-to reducing agent for exam questions involving a reduction) has little more to offer to the practising chemist. However, a recent paper by Harder etal (Angew Chem Int Ed. 2018, 57(24), 7156) demonstrates

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