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Staudinger Reaction
Staudinger Reduction

Azides may be converted to amines by hydrogenation, but another possibility is the Staudinger Reaction, which is a very mild azide reduction. As there are a variety of methods for preparing azides readily, the Staudinger Reaction makes it possible to use -N3 as an -NH2 synthon.


Mechanism of the Staudinger Reaction

Triphenylphosphine reacts with the azide to generate a phosphazide, which loses N2 to form an iminophosphorane. Aqueous work up leads to the amine and the very stable phosphine oxide.


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Recent Literature


A One-Pot, Solid-Phase Synthesis of Secondary Amines from Reactive Alkyl Halides and an Alkyl Azide
S. Ayesa, B. Samuelsson, B. Classon, Synlett, 2008, 89-93.


ROMPgel-Supported Triphenylphosphine with Potential Application in Parallel Synthesis
E. Arstad, A. G. M. Barrett, B. T. Hopkins, J. Koebberling, Org. Lett., 2002, 1975-1977.


2,2′-Dipyridyl diselenide catalyzes a direct reaction of carboxylic acids with azides and trimethylphosphine at room temperature. The mechanism of the process, which is not an aza-Wittig reaction, has been elucidated.
J. Burés, M. Martín, F. Urpí, J. Vilarrasa, J. Org. Chem., 2009, 74, 2203-2206.


A Tandem Approach to Isoquinolines from 2-Azido-3-arylacrylates and α-Diazocarbonyl Compounds
Y.-Y. Yang, W.-G. Shou, Z.-B. Chen, D. Hong, Y.-G. Wang, J. Org. Chem., 2008, 73, 3928-3930.


Three-Component, One-Pot Sequential Synthesis of 1,3-Disubstituted 5-Arylhydantoins
F. Olimpieri, A. Volonterio, M. Zanda, Synlett, 2008, 3016-3020.