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Optimization and sustainability assessment of a continuous flow Ru-catalyzed ester hydrogenation for an important precursor of a β2-adrenergic receptor agonist

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The development of a ruthenium-catalyzed continuous flow ester hydrogenation using hydrogen (H2) gas is reported. The reaction was utilized for the reduction of an important precursor in the synthesis of abediterol, a β2-adrenoceptor agonist that has undergone phase IIa clinical trials for the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. The reaction was investigated within a batch autoclave by using a design of experiments (DoE) approach to identify important parameter effects. The optimized flow process was successfully operated over 6 h with inline benchtop 19F NMR spectroscopy for reaction monitoring. The protocol is shown to be high yielding (98% yield, 3.7 g h−1) with very low catalyst loading (0.065 mol%). The environmental impact of the Ru-catalyzed hydrogenation was assessed and compared to an existing stoichiometric lithium aluminum hydride (LAH) reduction and sodium borohydride (NaBH4) reduction. The process mass intensity (PMI) for the Ru-catalyzed hydrogenation (14) compared favorably to a LAH reduction (52) and NaBH4 reduction (133).

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Submitted
30 Jun 2020
Accepted
11 Aug 2020
First published
11 Aug 2020

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Green Chem., 2020,22, 5762-5770
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Optimization and sustainability assessment of a continuous flow Ru-catalyzed ester hydrogenation for an important precursor of a β2-adrenergic receptor agonist

M. Prieschl, J. García-Lacuna, R. Munday, K. Leslie, A. O'Kearney-McMullan, C. A. Hone and C. O. Kappe, Green Chem., 2020, 22, 5762
DOI: 10.1039/D0GC02225J

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