Chemoenzymatic flow cascade for the synthesis of protected mandelonitrile derivatives†
A chemoenzymatic two-step cascade process, with both steps having incompatible reaction conditions, was successfully performed in continuous flow. The chemoenzymatic aqueous formation of cyanohydrins was integrated with a subsequent organic phase protection step in a single flow process utilising a membrane-based phase separation module. The wider applicability of our setup was demonstrated with the synthesis of nine protected cyanohydrin derivatives, all obtained in good yields and high to excellent enantioselectivity.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Recent Advances in Flow Synthesis and Continuous Processing