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Modified Bucherer-Bergs Reaction for the One-Pot Synthesis of 5,5′-Disubstituted Hydantoins from Nitriles and Organometallic Reagents

Cyril Montagne, Michael Shipman*

*Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK, Email:

C. Montagne, M. Shipman, Synlett, 2006, 2203-2206.

DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-949644


A convenient one-pot process involving treatment of aromatic, heteroaromatic or aliphatic nitriles with an organometallic reagent (RLi or RMgX) followed by KCN/(NH4)2CO3 gives 5,5′-disubstituted hydantoins in good yields.

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Key Words

heterocycles. hydantoins, multicomponent reactions, combinatorial chemistry, Bucherer-Bergs Reaction

ID: J60-Y2006-4590