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Flow Chemistry for the Synthesis of Heterocycles

  • Upendra K. Sharma
  • Erik V. Van der Eycken


  • Enables readers to gain an overview of recent developments and scope in flow chemistry in relevance to heterocyclic synthesis

  • Highlights the potential of new applications of flow chemistry combined with other modern methods in organic synthesis

  • Presents mechanistic rationale behind examples of transformations using flow chemistry


Part of the Topics in Heterocyclic Chemistry book series (TOPICS, volume 56)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Seger Van Mileghem, Cedrick Veryser, Wim M. De Borggraeve
    Pages 133-159
  3. Ryan J. Sullivan, Stephen G. Newman
    Pages 161-186
  4. Joachim Demaerel, Vidmantas Bieliūnas, Wim M. De Borggraeve
    Pages 237-317
  5. Andrew R. Bogdan, Michael G. Organ
    Pages 319-341
  6. Md Taifur Rahman, Thomas Wirth
    Pages 343-373
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 391-397

About this book


This volume provides an overview of recent developments and scope in the use of flow chemistry in relevance to heterocyclic synthesis. The heterocyclic ring is the most prominent structural motif in the vast majority of natural products as well as pharmaceutical compounds since this facilitates tuneable interactions with the biological target besides conferring a degree of structural and metabolic stability. In recent times, flow chemistry has heralded a paradigm shift in organic synthesis as it offers several unique advantages over conventional methods like drastic acceleration of sluggish transformations, enhanced yields, cleaner reactions etc and is gradually gaining a lot of attention among organic chemist worldwide. Given the importance of heterocycles in natural products, medicinal chemistry and pharmaceuticals, this is a well warranted volume and complements the previous volume of Topics in Organometallic Chemistry ‘Organometallic Flow Chemistry’.

This volume offers a versatile overview of the topic, besides discussing the recent progress in the flourishing area of flow chemistry in relevance to heterocyclic chemistry; it will also help researchers to better understand the chemistry behind these reactions. This in turn provides a platform for future innovations towards the designing of novel transformations under continuous flow. Thus, this volume will appeal to both the novices in this field as well as to experts in academia and industry.


saturated heterocyclic structures photoredox catalysis MCR strategies Microfluidic devices Flow chemistry heterocyclic synthesis

Editors and affiliations

  • Upendra K. Sharma
    • 1
  • Erik V. Van der Eycken
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of Leuven (KU Leuven)LeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity of Leuven (KU Leuven)LeuvenBelgium

About the editors

Upendra K. Sharma received his PhD degree (2011) in organic chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Arun K. Sinha at CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur, India. Thereafter, he worked as Assistant Professor (Chemistry) at National Institute of Technology (NIT), Jalandhar, India. Later on, he joined the research group of Prof. Erik Van der Eycken, University of Leuven, Belgium as postdoctoral fellow and till now has published more than 40 publications in reputed international journals. After short postdoctoral stints in the lab of Prof. Dr. Steven Ley (University of Cambridge) and Dr. Timothy Noël (University of Eindhoven), he is continuing in the lab of Prof. Van der Eycken as a senior postdoctoral research associate. His research interests include the development of new synthetic methods for biologically relevant molecules employing modern methods of synthesis viz. flow chemistry, photoredox catalysis and transition metal catalyzed C-H functionalizations.

Erik Van der Eycken received his PhD degree (1987) in organic chemistry from the University of Ghent, with Professor Maurits Vandewalle. During 1988 to 1992 he worked as a scientific researcher at the R&D laboratories of AGFA-Gevaert, Belgium, and moved back to the University of Ghent in 1992. In 1997 he became a Doctor Assistant at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). He spent time as a visiting scientist at the University of Graz (C. Oliver Kappe), at The Scripps Research Institute (K. Barry Sharpless), and at Uppsala University (Mats Larhed, Anders Hallberg). He was appointed Professor at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in 2007. His research interests span the breadth of microwave chemistry, multicomponent reactions and post-functionalizations to generate small to medium sized rings as well as developing new methods for the synthesis of heteroaromatic compounds of biological interest.

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