Solid-phase synthesis

Solid-phase synthesis is the synthesis of chemical compounds whereby the reactant molecule is chemically bound to an insoluble material and reagents are added in the solution-phase. Excess reagents can be easily removed, and purification achieved, by washing. Solid-phase methods are widely used for the synthesis of biological molecules such as peptides, nucleic acids and oligosaccharides.

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    Small-molecule drug discovery and development is limited by the ability of chemists to readily synthesize and purify new compounds with suitable chemical diversity. Now, a new twist on solid-phase chemical synthesis has enabled rapid and simplified synthesis of pharmaceutically relevant small molecules.

    • Mark S. Kerr
    •  & Kevin P. Cole
    Nature Chemistry 13, 399-401
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    Building on our understanding of the chemical bond, advances in synthetic chemistry, and large-scale computation, materials design has now become a reality. From a pool of 400 unknown compositions, 15 new compounds have been realized that adopt the predicted structures and properties.

    • Aron Walsh
    Nature Chemistry 7, 274-275