Integrated Synthesis Using Isothiocyanate-Substituted Aryllithiums by Flow Chemistry

Hyune Jea Lee, Daiki Torii, Yongju Jeon, Jun Ichi Yoshida, Heejin Kim

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The isothiocyanate (NCS) group is an attractive functional group in the field of organic and pharmaceutical chemistry. It can be transformed into other heteroatomic functional groups. It usually acts as the inductive group of biological activity and has also been traditionally used as the fluorescent-labeling reagent. However, it is not compatible with strong bases. When the NCS group is at para position in halobenzenes, it generally undergoes nucleophilic additions upon reaction with strong bases. To the best of our knowledge, there is currently no general methodology for the formation and reactions of NCS-functionalized aryllithiums for meta and para substituents. Herein, we report the continuous-flow generation of NCS-substituted aryllithiums from the corresponding haloarenes via a selective halogen-lithium exchange reaction and its reaction with various electrophiles to yield NCS-containing products. We also achieved an integrated synthesis through sequential reactions of the NCS-containing compounds with additional nucleophiles using the continuous-flow reactors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1899-1902
Number of pages4
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Dec 1


  • flow chemistry
  • integrated synthesis
  • isothiocyanate
  • microreactor
  • organolithium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry


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