Synfacts 2007(9): 0969-0969  
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-968826
Metal-Mediated Synthesis
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York

Silver-Catalyzed Amination of C-H Groups

Contributor(s):Paul Knochel, Andrei Gavryushin
Z. Li, D. A. Capretto, R. Rahaman, C. He
University of Chicago, USA
Silver-Catalyzed Intermolecular Amination of C-H Groups
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.  2007,  46:  5184-5186  
Further Information

Publication History

Publication Date:
23 August 2007 (online)


New methods for the introduction of C-N functionality by a direct C-H activation are quite valuable, considering the importance of nitrogen-containing functionalities in various synthetic targets. The simple complex of commercially available bathophenanthroline and AgOTf was found to catalyze efficiently the inter- and intramolecular amination of saturated C-H bonds, including non-activated cycloalkanes. This method is now the easiest for the introduction of an amine group into a non-activated alkane or a benzylic position of an arene.


The intramolecular reaction of carba­mates with PhI(OAc)2 proceeds highly selectively, leading to five-membered heterocycles (oxazolones). For the intermolecular process, PhI=NNs (Ns = p-nitrophenylsulfonyl) as a nitrene source is used. The resulting nosylamides can be readily hydrolyzed to amines. The consideration of the catalyst structure indicates the necessity of a dinuclear core for the Ag-catalyzed nitrene transfer, which is realized in the case of bathophenanthroline-Ag(I) complex by a ligand π-stacking.