Synthesis of α-Substituted Primary Benzylamines through Copper-Catalyzed Cross-Dehydrogenative Coupling

Søren Kramer*

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A copper-catalyzed route to α-substituted, primary benzylamines by C–H functionalization of alkylarenes is described. The method directly affords the amine hydrochloride salt. Catalyst loadings down to 0.1 mol % in combination with scalability, insensitivity to air and moisture, and no need for column chromatography makes the procedure highly practical. The facile synthesis of the racemate of a blockbuster drug highlights the relevance for the development of pharmaceuticals. Preliminary mechanistic data are also included.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)65-69
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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