Synthesis of Heteroaromatic Boronic Esters via Annulation Reactions of Ynone Trifluoroborate Salts

   Department of Chemistry

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

We have recently shown that ynones armed with the synthetically versatile trifluoroborate functional group can be elaborated to a range of useful heteroaromatic building blocks (Ref 1) and that these offer useful platforms for drug discovery (Ref 2). The objectives of this project are to (1) devise a more convergent route to ynone trifluoroborates that is simple and scalable; (2) to expand the range of products that can be accessed by these substrates to include ‘natural products like’ chemical space.

(1) (a) J. Org. Chem. 2017, 82, 1688; (b) Org. Lett. 2018, 20, 198; (c) Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 9412.

(2) ChemMedChem. 2020, 15, 1634.

Subject Area: Synthetic chemistry, asymmetric synthesis, catalysis, natural products synthesis.

Requirements: At least a 2:1 honours degree or an MSc with merit/distinction (or equivalent) in Chemistry. 

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