Copper-catalyzed one-pot oxidative amidation between methylarenes and amines†
A new method for the direct one-pot oxidative amidation between methylarenes and amines catalyzed by copper has been developed. This method integrates methylarene oxidation and amide bond formation, which are usually accomplished separately, into a single operation. In addition, the reaction provides a relatively high yield and has a wide substrate scope. Moreover, the starting reagents are abundant and available in a convenient way at a cheaper price.