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Flow and Iron for Pharma

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "FI4P" data sheet

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Organization address
address: PLACE DU 20 AOUT 7
city: LIEGE
postcode: 4000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Total cost 166˙320 €
 EC max contribution 166˙320 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2019
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2020
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2020-03-16   to  2022-03-15


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE BE (LIEGE) coordinator 166˙320.00


 Project objective

The demand for sustainable methods to build chemical bonds has led to the rise of catalytic reactions, especially using abundant and benign metals. In this context, iron has emerged as a powerful catalyst to mediate various transformations including cross-couplings between (pseudo)halide electrophilic partners and organometallic nucleophiles, usually Grignard reagents.

We aim to develop a modular and versatile Flow-enabled Iron-catalysed cross-coupling protocol for Pharmaceutical applications (FI4P), leveraging the unique properties of flow chemistry to implement cross-couplings between organolithium derivatives and electrophiles. Building on the significant expertise of the academic host in this field, we will seek to harness flow technology to exert spatiotemporal control over reactive intermediates, thus ensuring the functionalisation of halide precursors with reactive lithium organyls generated in situ. The particularly high reaction rates observed in iron-catalysed cross-couplings will allow the incorporation of valuable functional groups usually incompatible with organolithium derivatives.

This approach will deliver a sustainable method to assemble relevant molecular scaffolds of interest to the pharmaceutical industry. With the involvement of NovAliX, an industrial partner specialised in transferring academic innovations into industrial processes, we will eventually apply our synthetic protocol to the large-scale manufacture of valuable APIs and the generation of a small collection of molecules designed to complement our existing library for Fragment Based Drug Design.

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