Continuous-flow protocol for the synthesis of enantiomerically pure intermediates of anti epilepsy and anti tuberculosis active pharmaceutical ingredients†
Continuous-flow production of chiral intermediates plays an important role in the development of building blocks for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), being α-amino acids and their derivatives widely applied as building blocks. In this work we developed two different strategies for the synthesis of intermediates used on the synthesis of levetiracetam/brivaracetam and ethambutol. The results obtained show that methionine methyl ester can be continuously converted to the desired ethambutol intermediate by RANEY® Nickel dessulfurization/reduction strategy whereas levetiracetam/brivaracetam intermediates could be synthesized by both RANEY® Nickel (without H2) and Pd/C–H2 approach or by photochemical desulfurization.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Synthetic methodology in OBC