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Reductive amination/cyclization of levulinic acid to pyrrolidones versus pyrrolidines by switching the catalyst from AlCl3 to RuCl3 under mild conditions

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Abstract

Herein the reductive amination/cyclization of levulinic acid using phenylsilane was presented to selectively produce pyrrolidones versus pyrrolidines under mild conditions by switching the catalyst from AlCl3 to RuCl3. Using AlCl3 as the catalyst, pyrrolidones were solely obtained at room temperature, while RuCl3 as the catalyst selectively afforded pyrrolidines in high yields at 45 °C.

Graphical abstract: Reductive amination/cyclization of levulinic acid to pyrrolidones versus pyrrolidines by switching the catalyst from AlCl3 to RuCl3 under mild conditions

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The article was received on 01 Apr 2017, accepted on 27 May 2017 and first published on 29 May 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7GC00999B
Citation: Green Chem., 2017,19, 3525-3529
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    Reductive amination/cyclization of levulinic acid to pyrrolidones versus pyrrolidines by switching the catalyst from AlCl3 to RuCl3 under mild conditions

    C. Wu, X. Luo, H. Zhang, X. Liu, G. Ji, Z. Liu and Z. Liu, Green Chem., 2017, 19, 3525
    DOI: 10.1039/C7GC00999B

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