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Synthesis of β-Amino Acids and Derivatives

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A general alkylamination of vinylarenes and an unprecedented diastereoselective anti-carboamination of unsaturated esters provide amines and unnatural β-amino acids. This alkylamination is enabled by an iron catalyst and alkyl diacyl peroxides, that serve as both alkylating reagents and internal oxidizing agents.
B. Qian, S. Chen, T. Wang, X. Zhang, H. Bao, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 13076-13082.