An Introduction to FlowChemistry and its Benefits:“The Future Of ChemicalSynthesis”
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What is the issue with chemical space?Region covered in aconventionallaboratoryAt ThalesNanopressure / barTemperature/C100 200 300Unexploitedchemistry space-1000100200300400500
Expanding the Range of Reaction Conditions“prepare what you designed andreally want rather than what youcan readily synthesize”To achieve the above goal weneed a chemical technologytoolbox aiming at acceleration ofsynthetic problem solving!Nature Reviews Drug Discovery 11, 355-365 (May 2012)
The push for flow• This has led companies to look at newtechniques to: Cut down on number steps→Lower cost Increase yields→less purification downstream Reduce catalyst screening time Re-examine untouchable chemistries→novel molecules→competitive edge Automate→more efficient• Flow is one of these techniques beinginvestigated.
What is flowchemistry andhow does it differto batch?
What is flow chemistry?Performing a reaction continuously, typically on small scale,through either a coil or fixed bed reactor.ORPumpReactor Collection
Kinetics In Flow Reactors• In a microfluidic device with a constant flow rate, theconcentration of the reactant decays exponentially withdistance along the reactor.• Time in a flask reactor equates with distance in a flowreactorXAdX/dt > 0dA/dt < 0
H-Cube Pro Overview• HPLC pumps continuous stream of solvent• Hydrogen generated from water electrolysis• Sample heated and passed through catalyst• Up to 150 C and 100 bar. (1 bar=14.5 psi)NHO2NNHNH2H
Reaction times comparison batch vs. flowAldoxim reductionAldehyde reduction051015202530t/minFlowBatchHydrogenation in batch vs. flow systems020040060080010001200t/minAlkylation Suzuki-Miyaura Azide synthesis SonogashirareactionFlowBatchReactions performed in X-Cube™vs. batch modeCover a much bigger parameter space within a very short period of time
H-Cube® Reaction ExamplesNOOEtArNHOOEtArAcetic Acid20% Pd(OH)2/C,70 bar, 70oC70% Yield, 5gRuO2, 100 C100 bar, 1 mL/min99% ConversionBatch: 200 C, 200 bar, 48 hoursBatch: 150 C, 80 bar, 3 days
Gas Module• Versatile:Compressed Air, O2, CO, C2H4, SynGas,CH4, C2H6, He, N2, N2O, NO, Ar.• Fast:Reactions with other gases complete inless than 10 minutes• Powerful:Up to 100 bar capability.• Robust:All high quality stainless steel parts.• Simple:3 button stand-alone control or via simpletouch screen control on H-Cube Pro™.
Miniaturization: Enhanced temperature controlLarge surface/volume rate• Volume is equal to the length cubed, while surface area is equal to lengthsquared.• When the length is shortened, surface-to-volume ratio increases.• Microreactors have surface-to-volume ratio than macroreactors, heattransfer occurs rapidly in a flow microreactor, enabling precise temperaturecontrol.Yoshida, Green and Sustainable Chemical Synthesis Using FlowMicroreactors, ChemSusChem, 2010
Heating ControlBatch Flow- Lower reaction volume.- Closer and uniform temperature controlOutcome:- Safer chemistry.- Lower possibility of exotherm.- Larger solvent volume.- Lower temperature control.Outcome:-More difficult reaction control.- Possibility of exotherm.
Heat inQ amount of heat transferredt time takenk conductivity of the materialS surface aread distance between the two endsT1 higher temperature endT2 lower temperature endFlow reactorMicrowaveOil BathHeat transfer of Microwave, Flow reactor, Oil Bath (Flask)0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700050100150200250300350400T/°Ct / secHeat transfer works two waysallowing rapid and safe control of reactions
Phoenix Flow Reactor: High TemperatureStainless steel coil(1000 m i.d.)Razzaq, T.; Glasnov, T. N.; Kappe, C. O. Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2009, doi:10.1002/ejoc.200900077Temperature: RT- 450 CH-Cube ProPhoenix
Phoenix reactor possibilitiesLoop Materials - sizes Stainless steel (1 – 32 ml) – up to450oC and 100bar PTFE coil (4 – 16 ml) – up to150oC and 20bar Hastelloy (4 – 16 ml) – up to 450oCand 100barCartridge Reactor types• CatCart (30, 70 mm) – up to300 C and 100bar• MidiCart – up to 150 C and100bar• Special high temperaturecartridge – up to 450 C and100bar
Heterocyclic rings of the future, J. Med. Chem., 2009, 52 (9), pp 2952–2963.• 3000 potential bicyclic systems unmade• Many potential drug like scaffoldsWhy?• Chemists lack the tools to expand into new chemistry spaceto access these new compounds.• Time• KnowledgeThe quest for novel heterocycles
Gould-Jacobs Cyclization• Standard benzannulation reaction• Good source of:• Quinolines• Pyridopyrimidones• Naphthyridines• Important structural drug motifsDisadvantages:• Harsh conditions• High b.p. solvents• Selectivity• SolubilityCondensationCyclizationSaponification Decarboxylationmethylenemalonic esterW. A. Jacobs, J. Am. Chem. Soc.; 1939; 61(10); 2890-2895
The nature of the substituents is critical because they increase or decrease the nucleophilicity of the ring:Electron donating groups increase yields, Electron withdrawing groups decrease yields.35Process explorationMeldrum’s acidic route to pyridopyrimidones and tohydroxyquinolinesMeldrum-savCH(OEt)33a-eBatch Flow1a-e 2a-ea: R=H, R=H, X=Nb: R=H, R=H, X=N,c: R=F, R=H, X=C(CH3)d: R=H, R=CN, X=CHe: R=H, R=OCH3, X=CHin THF3d (43%) 3e (60%)3a (89%) 3b (60%) 3c (62%)Cyclization conditions:a: 300 C, 160 bar, 0.6 minb: 300 C, 100 bar, 0.6 minc: 360 C, 100 bar, 1 mind: 350 C, 130 bar, 4 mine: 300 C, 100 bar, 1.5 minLengyel L., Nagy T. Zs., Sipos G., Jones R., Dormán Gy., Ürge L., Darvas F., Tetrahedron Lett., 2012; 53; 738-743No THF polymerization !
NOOOAAAAFVPl ketomalonate NOOOOAAANHNH2AAAAFVPDiethyl ketomalonateNHNOOOOAAAA NHNOOOAAAAFVPDiethyl ketomalonateNOOOOAAAAOOONAAAANew Scaffold GenerationPhoenixAAAANHOFVPOAANHAAFVPOOOAAAAAO5 novel bicyclic scaffolds generated-fully characterized.Many more to follow
Ring closure on aryl NH : key step• Mitsunobu reaction or traditional heating with T3P did notfurnish the bicyclic heterocycle.• Reaction proceeded smoothly in Phoenix reactor at 300oC with65% yield despite requirement for the cis amide conformer intransition state.Flow offers options to dead ends.
Heat Out:Improving SafetyOf High EnergyProcesses
Heat Out=Exothermic Chem:in situ generation of reactive intermediates• In batch the reaction can be controlled by low temperature(it slows down the reaction)• In flow it can be at room temperature applyingshort residence time
Heat OutLithium Bromide ExchangeBatchFlow• Batch experiment shows temperature increase of 40 C.• Flow shows little increase in temperature.Ref: Thomas Schwalbe and Gregor Wille, CPC Systems
Setup of the Ice CubeOzone Module generate O3 from O2100 mL/min, 15 % O3Cooled Reactor Module – teflon tube orglass chip; -50 C.Pump Module – Peristaltic or GearPumpOptional: 1 or 2
30 40 50 60 70 80020406080diphenylethanecis-stilbenetrans-stilbeneconversion%T (0C)Hydrogenation of diphenylacetylene, one day optimization, %f(T)• [RuCl2(mTPPMS)2]/Molselect DEAE• p(H2) = 30 bar, [S] = 0.1 M• Solvent: toluene/ethanol 1/1• 24 experiments in 2 hours.H. H., Horváth; G, Papp; Cs., Csajági; F., Joó; Catalysis Communications; 8; 3; 2007; 442-446
O-Cube™ – H-Cube® - ReactIR™ozonolysis of deceneOzonolysis Quenching withH-Cube®T = -30 ºCCSM = 0.02 M (in EtOAc)O3 excess = 30 %T = -30 ºC to r.t.p = 1 barCat: 10 % Pd/CMettlerFlow IR™O-Cube and ReactIR are trademarks of ThalesNano Inc. and Mettler Toledo InternationalInc., respectively, H-Cube is registered trademark of ThalesNano Inc.ThalesNano lab basedchemistry-unpublishedOzonide eluted into cool vial under N2
OHOFFClOHOFFHFirst results: reaction was carried out in batch reaction was followed by Picospin 1H NMR product was identified in the crude reaction mixture purified product was also identified Picospin was tuned to 19FCOOH F2HC-Hydrodehalogenation followed by PicospinSolvent H2-source T (°C) t (h) Productwater Zn/HCl 100 5 100%
Continuous Process Advantages Speed• 50 + times faster reactions Better Process Yields• The continuous process ensuresgreater reproducibility• less out of spec and by-products. Safety• Dangerous reactions, toxicintermediates• High pressure• High temperature• Supercritical reactions Environmental impact,green chemistry• Greener solvents (SCCO2)• Less hazardous waste:• Lower energy consumption Cost Benefits• Lower Cost Production• Lower Material costs• Greater material yields areachieved• Considerable savings inutility costs.• Space requirements aresignificantly lower• Less waste managementand disposal costs• Shorter Development &Scale-up Time Regulatory aspects• Fits into the FDA PATinitiatives
● Genzyme needed 1.2 kg of Zavesca for an internal study, which waspriced at 47K USD per 100 g.Saved~ 500K as opposed to purchasing it. It assayed with higher puritythan previous commercial lots. Kilo scale.Genzyme Chemistry
Number up or Scale Out?Advantages for both, but scale out too much and lose flow advantages!
Survey ConductedSmall scale: Making processes safer Accessing new chemistry Speed in synthesis andanalysis AutomationLarge scale: Making processes safer Reproducibility-less batchto batch variation SelectivityWhy move to flow?
Survey ConductedWhat chemistries?Difficult to perform chemistries• Low temperature exothermic reactions• Reactions with gases• Very slow reactions or unaccessible chemistry• Reactions with selectivity issuesApprox. 30% of reactions!
Survey ConductedWhat are the major blockers?• Where do I start?• Literature: Flow chemistry Society• Quick Start Guides• Solubility issues• Test solvents.
What sets us apart?ThalesNano focuses on designing reactors around specific chemistrysolutions and where flow can be applied best. We don’t try to applyflow chemistry to everything like our competitors!Exothermic Reactions• Safety• New chemistry• SpeedEndothermic Reactions• Speed• GreenReactions with gases• Safety• Simplicity• Speed• GreenScale up• Safety• Selectivity• Reproducibility• Speed
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AcknowledgementsThank you for your attention!Any questions?Booth 821Some slides reproduced with thepermission of the Flow ChemistrySociety.