Multicomponent Synthesis: Cohesive Integration of Green Chemistry Principles

Razvan Cioc, Eelco Ruijter, Romano V.A. Orru*

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The application of multicomponent reactions (MCRs) in the generation of compound libraries has long been recognized as a key strategy for the development of lead matter in drug discovery. Given the numerous advantages that these processes possess not only from the ability to generate large numbers of diverse compounds but also from a sustainability perspective, it is somewhat surprising that MCRs have not enjoyed such a widespread application in downstream development and the later scale-up of pharmaceutical candidates. The current chapter provides an overview of the most common MCRs with a critical focus on their perceived benefits as a sustainable technology. In addition, an overview of the combination of MCRs with other “green” technologies such as both biocatalysis and flow chemistry is also provided.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreen Chemistry in Drug Discovery
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Academia to Industry
EditorsPaul F. Richardson
PublisherHumana Press Inc
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781071615799
ISBN (Print)9781071615775
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameMethods in Pharmacology and Toxicology
ISSN (Print)1557-2153
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6053

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  • Asymmetric synthesis
  • Biginelli
  • Biocatalysis
  • Drug discovery
  • Flow chemistry
  • Green chemistry
  • Hantzsch
  • Isocyanide
  • Mannich
  • Mechanisms
  • Multicomponent reactions
  • Passerini
  • Petasis
  • Selectivity
  • Strecker
  • Ugi


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