This morning FTI launched our July 2011 Technical Newsletter whose theme is fluorous techniques in carbohydrate synthesis. The Technical Newsletter is distributed by email about every six weeks or so and is designed to complement F-Blog. While F-Blog highlights items of interest primarily as they occur, the Technical Newsletters have a central theme and provide short overviews which exemplify that theme. Included within the Newsletter are links to the original literature, F-Blog posts, and related webpages allowing the reader to explore matters of interest more fully.
This month’s newsletter covers four different approaches to using fluorous methods in carbohydrate synthesis, which has remained a challenge for synthetic chemists for decades. The emerging field of glycomics has heightened the importance of access to different oligosaccharides and the ability to use them in microarrays and other assays. Fluorous synthesis and purification can help provide the necessary oligosaccharides to advance glycomics research.
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