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Keywords:

  • amination;
  • ammonia;
  • anilines;
  • copper;
  • homogeneous catalysis
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Phasing up to matters: The use of aqueous ammonia in a biphasic system with a copper catalyst and diketone supporting ligands allows the catalytic amination of both activated and unactivated aryl and heteroaryl iodides and bromides under very mild conditions (see scheme; R=electron-donating or -withdrawing group; acac=acetylacetonate).