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Keywords:

  • diols;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • imides;
  • N-heterocyclic carbenes;
  • ruthenium
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There′s something imide so strong: Cyclic imides were synthesized from simple diols with primary amines in a single step using an in-situ-generated ruthenium catalytic system. The atom-economical and operatively simple syntheses of succinimides, phthalimides, and glutarimides, which are important building blocks in natural products and drugs, was also demonstrated.