Issue 8, 2021

Mangana(iii/iv)electro-catalyzed C(sp3)–H azidation


Manganaelectro-catalyzed azidation of otherwise inert C(sp3)–H bonds was accomplished using most user-friendly sodium azide as the nitrogen-source. The operationally simple, resource-economic C–H azidation strategy was characterized by mild reaction conditions, no directing group, traceless electrons as the sole redox-reagent, Earth-abundant manganese as the catalyst, high functional-group compatibility and high chemoselectivity, setting the stage for late-stage azidation of bioactive compounds. Detailed mechanistic studies by experiment, spectrophotometry and cyclic voltammetry provided strong support for metal-catalyzed aliphatic radical formation, along with subsequent azidyl radical transfer within a manganese(III/IV) manifold.

Graphical abstract: Mangana(iii/iv)electro-catalyzed C(sp3)–H azidation

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27 Oct 2020
28 Dec 2020
First published
28 Dec 2020
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Chem. Sci., 2021,12, 2890-2897

Mangana(III/IV)electro-catalyzed C(sp3)–H azidation

T. H. Meyer, R. C. Samanta, A. Del Vecchio and L. Ackermann, Chem. Sci., 2021, 12, 2890 DOI: 10.1039/D0SC05924B

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