3D designed and printed chemical generators for on demand reagent synthesis

Zalesskiy, S. S., Kitson, P. J., Frei, P., Bubliauskas, A. and Cronin, L. (2019) 3D designed and printed chemical generators for on demand reagent synthesis. Nature Communications, 10, 5496. (doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-13328-6) (PMID:31792220) (PMCID:PMC6889270)

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Modern science has developed well-defined and versatile sets of chemicals to perform many specific tasks, yet the diversity of these reagents is so large that it can be impractical for any one lab to stock everything they might need. At the same time, isssues of stability or limited supply mean these chemicals can be very expensive to purchase from specialist retailers. Here, we address this problem by developing a cartridge -oriented approach to reactionware-based chemical generators which can easily and reliably produce specific reagents from low-cost precursors, requiring minimal expertise and time to operate, potentially in low infrastructure environments. We developed these chemical generators for four specific targets; transition metal catalyst precursor tris(dibenzylideneacetone)dipalladium(0) [Pd2(dba)3], oxidising agent Dess-Martin periodinane (DMP), protein photolinking reagent succinimidyl 4,4’-azipentanoate (NHS-diazirine), and the polyoxometalate cluster {P8W48}. The cartridge synthesis of these materials provides high-quality target compounds in good yields which are suitable for subsequent utilization.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kitson, Dr Philip and Zalesskiy, Dr Sergey and Bubliauskas, Mr Andrius and Frei, Mr Przemyslaw and Cronin, Professor Lee
Authors: Zalesskiy, S. S., Kitson, P. J., Frei, P., Bubliauskas, A., and Cronin, L.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Nature Communications
Publisher:Nature Research
ISSN (Online):2041-1723
Published Online:02 December 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © The Authors 2019
First Published:First published in Nature Communications 10:5496
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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