Metal-free synthesis of aminomethylated imidazoheterocycles: dual role of tert-butyl hydroperoxide as both an oxidant and a methylene source†
A novel and efficient aminomethylation approach has been developed for the regioselective functionalization of imidazoheterocycles under metal-free conditions. A wide range of imidazoheterocycles and 2/4-aminoazaheterocycles successfully provided corresponding aminomethylated imidazoheterocycles in moderate to excellent (33–80%) yields. The isotopic labelling study suggested that TBHP played a dual role as both an oxidant and a methylene source in this transformation. The developed protocol follows a radical pathway which is supported by radical trapping experiments.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Synthetic methodology in OBC