A novel electrophilic diamination reaction of alkenes

Guigen Li, Han Xun Wei, Sun Hee Kim, Michael D. Carducci

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A three-component electrophilic reaction transforms olefins into imidazoline and diamine derivatives (see scheme). Rhodium(II) heptafluorobutyrate dimer (2 mol%) was utilized as the catalyst and N,N-dichloro-p-toluenesulfonamide (TsNCl2) and acetonitrile as the nitrogen sources. Modest to good yields (45-82%) and high regio- and stereoselectivity were achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4277-4280
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 19 2001


  • Amination
  • Electrophilic additions
  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Nitrogen heterocycles
  • Rhodium


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