Highly selective continuous-flow synthesis of potentially bioactive deuterated chalcone derivatives

Chi Ting Hsieh, Sándor B. Ötvös, Yang Chang Wu, I. Mándity, Fang Rong Chang, F. Fülöp

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The selective synthesis of various dideuterochalcones as potentially bioactive deuterium-labeled products is presented, by means of the highly controlled partial deuteration of antidiabetic chalcone derivatives. The benefits of continuous-flow processing in combination with on-demand electrolytic D2 gas generation has been exploited to avoid over-reaction to undesired side products and to achieve selective deuterium addition to the carbon-carbon double bond of the starting enones without the need for unconventional catalysts or expensive special reagents. The roles of pressure, temperature, and residence time proved crucial for the fine-tuning of the sensitive balance between the product selectivity and the reaction rate. The presented flow-chemistry-based deuteration technique lacks most of the drawbacks of the classical batch methods, and is convenient, time- and cost-efficient, and safe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)859-864
Number of pages6
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2015


  • chalcones
  • chemoselectivity
  • continuous-flow processing
  • deuteration
  • heterogeneous catalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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