Recent advances in liquid-phase combinatorial chemistry

Chung-Ming Sun*

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In combination with high throughput screening, combinatorial organic synthesis of large numbers of pharmaceutically interesting compounds may revolutionize the drug discovery process. Although combinatorial organic synthesis on solid supports is a useful approach, several groups are focusing their research efforts on liquid-phase combinatorial synthesis by the use of soluble polymer supports to generate libraries. This macromolecular carrier, in contrast to an insoluble matrix, is soluble in most organic solvents and has a strong tendency for precipitation in particular solvents. Liquid-phase combinatorial synthesis is a unique approach since homogeneous reaction conditions can be applied, but product purification similar to the solid- phase method can be carried out by simple filtration and washing. This method combines the positive aspects of classical solution-phase chemistry and solid-phase synthesis. This review examines the recent applications (1995- 1999) of soluble polymer supports in the synthesis of combinatorial libraries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-318
Number of pages20
JournalCombinatorial Chemistry and High Throughput Screening
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1999

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