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Cerium(III) Chloride Promoted Highly Regioselective Ring Opening of Epoxides and Aziridines Using NaN3 in Acetonitrile: A Facile Synthesis of 1,3-Azidoalcohols and 1,2-Azidoamines

Gowravaram Sabitha*, R. Satheesh Babu, M. Rajkumar and J. S. Vadav

*Organic Division I, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad 500 007, India, Email:

G. Sabitha, R. S. Babu, M. Rajkumar, J. S. Vadav, Org. Lett., 2002, 4, 343-345.

DOI: 10.1021/ol016979q (free Supporting Information)


A convenient, efficient, and highly regioselective synthesis of 1,2-azidoalcohols and 1,2-azidoamines in excellent yields has been achieved by using cerium(III) chloride and sodium azide for a mild ring opening of epoxides and aziridines. 

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Key Words

epoxides, aziridines, azides (1,2-azidoalcohols, 1,2-azidoamines), regioselectivity

ID: J54-Y2002-720