The rapid cis-trans isomerization of α-anionic stilbene was regioselectively controlled by using flow microreactors, and its reaction with various electrophiles was conducted. The reaction time was precisely controlled within milliseconds to seconds at -50 °C to selectively give the cis- or trans-isomer in high yields. This synthetic method in flow was well-applied to synthesize precursors of commercial drug compound, (E)- and (Z)-tamoxifen with high regioselectivity and productivity.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry