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Indium-Catalyzed Reductive Bromination of Carboxylic Acids Leading to Alkyl Bromides

Toshimitsu Moriya, Shinichiro Yoneda, Keita Kawana, Reiko Ikeda, Takeo Konakahara and Norio Sakai*

*Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science (RIKADAI), Noda, Chiba 278-8510, Japan, Email:

T. Moriya, S. Yoneda, K. Kawana, R. Ikeda, T. Konakahara, N. Sakai, Org. Lett., 2012, 14, 4842-4845.

DOI: 10.1021/ol302168q (free Supporting Information)

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The combination of 1,1,3,3-tetramethyldisiloxane (TMDS) and trimethylbromosilane (Me3SiBr) enabled a direct bromination of carboxylic acids in the presence of indium bromide (InBr3) as catalyst. The reducing system was tolerant to several functional groups and produced the corresponding alkyl bromides in very good yields.

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Indium(III)-Catalyzed Reductive Bromination and Iodination of Carboxylic Acids to Alkyl Bromides and Iodides: Scope, Mechanism, and One-Pot Transformation to Alkyl Halides and Amine Derivatives

T. Moriya, S. Yoneda, K. Kawana, R. Ikeda, T. Konakahara, N. Sakai, J. Org. Chem., 2013, 78, 10642-10650.

Indium(III)-Catalyzed One-Pot Synthesis of Alkyl Cyanides from Carboxylic Acids

T. Moriya, K. Shoji, S. Yoneda, R. Ikeda, T. Konakahara, N. Sakai, Synthesis, 2013, 45, 3233-3238.

Key Words

alkyl bromides, TMDS, Indium

ID: J54-Y2012-3060