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Pure Appl. Chem., 2013, Vol. 85, No. 4, pp. 755-761

Published online 2013-03-27

Metal-free catalytic vicinal diamination of alkenes

Kilian Muñiz

Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Av. Països Catalans 16, E‑43007 Tarragona, Spain and Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), Pg. Lluís Companys 23, E-08010 Barcelona, Spain

Abstract: The development of an intramolecular vicinal diamination protocol using metal-free conditions is discussed. The reaction uses a bromide source to generate a Br(I) catalyst in situ from a benign terminal oxidant such as sodium chlorite. The reaction is of great scope and surpasses the transition-metal catalyses developed so far for these types of reactions.