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Boc-Protected Amines via a Mild and Efficient One-Pot Curtius Rearrangement

Hélène Lebel* and Olivier Leogane

*Département de chimie, Université de Montréal, P.O. Box 6128, Station Downtown, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3C 3J7, Email:

H. Lebel, O. Leogane, Org. Lett., 2005, 7, 4107-4110.

DOI: 10.1021/ol051428b


Tert-butyl carbamates are produced in high yields at low temperature by the reaction of a carboxylic acid with di-tert-butyl dicarbonate and sodium azide, which leads to an acyl azide intermediate. Subsequent Curtius rearrangement in the presence of tetrabutylammonium bromide and zinc(II) triflate and trapping of the isocyanate derivative gives the desired product. This method tolerates various functional groups.

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Key Words

Curtius Rearrangement, Boc-Protected Amines, Carbamates

ID: J54-Y2005-1350