Synlett 2012; 23(13): 1851-1856
DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1316592
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A Photo Touch on Amines: New Synthetic Adventures of Nitrogen Radical Cations

Soumitra Maity
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA, Fax: +1(479)5754601   Email: nzheng@uark.edu
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Nan Zheng*
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA, Fax: +1(479)5754601   Email: nzheng@uark.edu
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Publication History

Received: 14 May 2012

Accepted after revision: 11 June 2012

Publication Date:
23 July 2012 (online)

Abstract

Amines have been used as sacrificial electron donors to reduce photoexcited Ru(II) or Ir(III) complexes, during which they are oxidized to nitrogen radical cations. Recently, the synthetic potential of these nitrogen radical cations have caught synthetic organic chemists’ attention. They have been exploited in various transformations yielding a number of elegant methods for amine synthesis. This article highlights recent developments on nitrogen radical cation chemistry under visible-light photocatalysis.

 
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