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Keywords:

  • acetals;
  • catalysis;
  • Lewis acids;
  • N-acyliminium ions
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Atom-economical: Unmodified hemi-N,O-acetals are used in a catalytic, highly efficient α-amidoalkylation of a broad range of carbon-centered nucleophiles, including silicon-based components, active methylene derivatives, electron-rich arenes, and even simple ketones (see scheme). The reactions proceed in a highly efficient manner and typically require only 1 mol % of the Lewis superacidic reagent Sn(NTf2)4 as the catalyst.