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Cox D. Phillip,
Kappe C. Oliver
chemistry – a european journal
Abstract 14‐Hydroxymorphinone is converted to noroxymorphone, the immediate precursor of important opioid antagonists, such as naltrexone and naloxone, in a three‐step reaction sequence. The initial oxidation of the N ‐methyl group in 14‐hydroxymorphinone with in situ generated colloidal palladium(0) as the catalyst and molecular oxygen as the terminal oxidant constitutes the key transformation in this new route. This oxidation results in the formation of an unexpected oxazolidine ring structure. Subsequent hydrolysis of the oxazolidine under reduced pressure followed by hydrogenation in a packed‐bed flow reactor using palladium(0) as the catalyst provides noroxymorphone in high purity and good overall yield. To overcome challenges associated with gas–liquid reactions with molecular oxygen, the key oxidation reaction was translated to a continuous‐flow process.
Subject(s)biochemistry , catalysis , chemistry , hydrolysis , materials science , metallurgy , naltrexone , opioid , organic chemistry , oxazolidine , receptor , yield (engineering)
SCImago Journal Rank1.687
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