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A Simple and Effective Synthesis of Aryl Azides via Arenediazonium Tosylates

Ksenia V. Kutonova, Marina E. Trusova, Pavel S. Postnikov, Victor D. Filimonov*, Joseph Parello*

*National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, 634050 Tomsk, Russian Federation; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37232, USA, Email:,

K. V. Kutonova, M. E. Trusova, P. S. Postnikov, V. D. Filimonov, J. Parello, Synthesis, 2013, 45, 2706-2710.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1339648


Aromatic azides are formed in high yield from arenediazonium tosylates and sodium azide in water at room temperature. An in situ diazotization followed by azidation in the presence of p-TsOH allows the direct transformation of aromatic amines. Besides being experimentally simple, these methods do not require any metal catalysis and provide clean products without purification.

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Unusually Stable, Versatile, and Pure Arenediazonium Tosylates: Their Preparation, Structures, and Synthetic Applicability

V. D. Filimonov, M. Trusova, P. Postnikov, E. A. Krasnokutskaya, Y. M. Lee, H. Y. Hwang, H. Kim, K.-W. Chi, Org. Lett., 2008, 10, 3961-3964.

Key Words

diazotization, sodium azide, aromatic amines, aryl azides, p-TsOH, aqueous medium

ID: J66-Y2013