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Dehydrative Amination of Alcohols in Water Using a Water-Soluble Calix[4]resorcinarene Sulfonic Acid

Seiji Shirakawa, Shoichi Shimizu*

*Department of Applied Molecular Chemistry and High Technology Research Center, College of Industrial Technology, Nihon University, Narashino, Chiba 275-8575, Japan, Email:

S. Shirakawa, S. Shimizu, Synlett, 2008, 1539-1542.

DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1078416


A protocol for the dehydrative amination of alcohols in water using a water-soluble calix[4]resorcinarene sulfonic acid as a reusable multifunctional catalyst allows an environmentally benign synthesis of benzylic and allylic amines. The aqueous phase containing the catalyst can be readily recycled.

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Key Words

aminations, calixarenes, green chemistry, host-guest systems, phase-transfer catalysis, benzylic amines, allylic amines

ID: J60-Y2008-1650