Visible-light-mediated α-phosphorylation of N-aryl tertiary amines through the formation of electron-donor–acceptor complexes: synthetic and mechanistic studies†
This work describes an efficient α-phosphorylation of a wide variety of N-aryl tertiary amines under mild conditions. It consists of a simple combination of amines (electron donors) with N-ethoxy-2-methylpyridinium tetrafluoroborate (electron acceptor) in the presence of P(V)–H compounds under visible light irradiation. Physical organic investigations support the formation of an electron-donor–acceptor complex (amine/pyridinium ion) as a key intermediate.
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