Molecular Diversity and Combinatorial Chemistry

Molecular Diversity and Combinatorial Chemistry, 1st Edition

Principles and Applications

Molecular Diversity and Combinatorial Chemistry, 1st Edition,Michael Pirrung,ISBN9780080444932


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* concept-based
* includes exercises
* suitable for self-study


The field of combinatorial chemistry has seen tremendous growth over the past decade, with a prominence that suggests it will have a continuing impact.

Volume 24 in the Tetrahedron Organic Chemistry Series represents new approaches to solving problems in chemical reactivity and function. It emphasises principles and exemplifies these with examples drawn from recent literature and thus is an excellent guide to the conceptual framework of the field.

The textbook includes exercises and worked problems which can provide more independent learning experiences and can also be used by an instructor leading a class on this topic.

This volume has been written with the advanced undergraduate and graduate student in mind.


Advanced undergraduate students or graduate students

Michael Pirrung

Michael Pirrung, Ph.D., was trained as a synthetic organic chemist at UT-Austin, UC-Berkeley, and Columbia University with eminent synthetic chemists Clayton Heathcock and Gilbert Stork. His independent career began in the 1980s at Stanford University and the biotech start-up company Affymax. In 1990, he joined Duke University where he founded and directed the Program in Biological Chemistry. In 2004, he joined the UC-Riverside Chemistry department as UC Presidential Chair, and in 2012 became Distinguished Professor. He has been a visiting professor at UC-Berkeley, Baylor College of Medicine, Oxford, UC-San Diego, UC-Irvine, and Caltech. He has trained over 100 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. He has held Hertz, Sloan, and Guggenheim fellowships and a NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. He has over 170 peer-reviewed publications, more than 40 US and international patents, and has authored six books. The scope of his research has been broad, including natural product total synthesis, photochemical methods development, mechanistic enzymology, rhodium carbenoid chemistry, microarrays, combinatorial chemistry, and medicinal chemistry. His current work emphasizes peptide chemistry. His microarray work has been particularly recognized, with the 1991 AAAS-Newcomb Cleveland Prize, the 1993 Intellectual Property Owners Distinguished Inventor Award, the 2004 Chemical Pioneer Award of the American Institute of Chemists, and the 2006 European Inventor of the Year (for small and medium-sized enterprises). His editorial board service includes Cell Chemical Biology and Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry. He has worked extensively with development-stage and Fortune 500 companies as a consultant or scientific advisory board member. He also has an active practice as an expert witness for litigation in nucleic acid diagnostics and generic drugs.

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University of California, Riverside, USA

Molecular Diversity and Combinatorial Chemistry, 1st Edition

Nature: The Original Combinatorial Chemist
Biopolymers constitute natural libraries

Selection and evolution

The expression of genetic information

Combinatorial assembly of antibody genes

Molecular solutions to combinatorial problems

Synthetic Peptide Libraries
Solid-phase peptide synthesis

Peptides on pins

Other iterative deconvolution strategies

Examples of split/couple/mix peptide libraries

Positional scanning


Supports, Linkers, and Reagents for Peptide


PEG-grafted supports

Coupling strategies

Supports and Linkers for Small Molecule Synthesis
New resins and linkers

Ring-forming cleavage


Encoded Combinatorial Chemistry
Directed Sorting
Unnatural Oligomers for Library Synthesis


Peptidyl phosphonates


Analytical Methods for Solid-phase Synthesis
Product identification

Gel-phase NMR

High-resolution magic angle spinning NMR

On-bead infrared spectroscopy

Mass spectrometry

Non-spectroscopic methods

Supported Solution-phase Synthesis
Polyethylene glycols


Fluorous synthesis

Solution-phase Parallel Synthesis
Scavenging resins

Ion-exchange resins

Supported reagents

Fluorous reagents

Solid-phase extraction

Gas-phase separation

Multi-component Reactions
Chemical Informatics, Diversity, and Library Design

Representative flowchart for a library design

Lipinski's Rules

Nucleic Acid Microarrays
Combinatorial Materials Chemistry
Combinatorial Catalyst Discovery
Peptides on Phage
Applications of phage display

Nucleic Acid Selection
Complex Combinatorial and Solid-phase Synthesis



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