Synfacts 2019; 15(12): 1435
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1691124
Chemistry in Medicine and Biology
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York

Click Chemistry for the Synthesis of Azides

Dirk Trauner
Belinda E. Hetzler
Meng G, Guo T, Ma T, Zhang J, Shen Y, Sharpless KB. * Dong J. * Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, P. R. of China
Modular Click Chemistry Libraries for Functional Screens using a Diazotizing Reagent.

Nature 2019;
574: 86-89
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Publication Date:
18 November 2019 (online)



Copper-catalyzed azide alkyne click chemistry (CuAAC) is a powerful bioorthogonal reaction that provides triazole products in very high yields. A significant limitation is the restricted access to the azide precursors because azide preparation with NaN3 or TfN3 suffers from long reaction times, toxicity, or risk of explosion. The authors present a new, highly reactive diazo transfer reagent that enables rapid and safe access to azides from amines.



Previously reported fluorosulfuryl imidazolium triflate salt (Guo et al. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 2605) was treated with NaN3 to generate fluorosulfuryl azide 1 in situ. In an optimized solvent system (DMF–MTBE–H2O), 1 undergoes diazo transfer to a broad variety of amines in a click chemistry fashion.