Enantioenriched synthesis of Escitalopram using lithiation-borylation methodology

Benjamin M. Partridge, Stephen P. Thomas, Varinder K. Aggarwal

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The asymmetric synthesis of Escitalopram has been completed using a lithiation-borylation reaction as the key step. Suitably functionalized enantioenriched carbamate (er 98:2) and boronic ester coupling partners were prepared and following deprotonation with s-BuLi and borylation, the tertiary alcohol was obtained in 42% yield and 93:7 er. The lithiation-borylation reaction was found to tolerate nitrile, benzylic alcohol and N-Boc functionalities. The tertiary alcohol was converted to Escitalopram in three further steps. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10082-10088
Number of pages7
Issue number52
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2011

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