Three-component reaction discovery enabled by mass spectrometry of self-assembled monolayers

Timothy J. Montavon, Jing Li, Jaime R. Cabrera-Pardo, Milan Mrksich*, Sergey A. Kozmin

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Multicomponent reactions are employed extensively in many areas of organic chemistry. Despite significant progress, the discovery of such enabling transformations remains challenging. Here, we present the development of a parallel, label-free reaction-discovery platform that can be used in the identification of new multicomponent transformations. Our approach is based on parallel mass spectrometric screening of interfacial chemical reactions on arrays of self-assembled monolayers. This strategy enabled the identification of a simple organic phosphine that can catalyse a previously unknown condensation of siloxyalkynes, aldehydes and amines to produce 3-hydroxyamides with high efficiency and diastereoselectivity. The reaction was further optimized using solution-phase methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-51
Number of pages7
JournalNature chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Chemistry(all)


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