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Keywords:

  • amides;
  • amines;
  • fluorides;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • reduction
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Fluoride's new role: Selective and efficient monoreductions of imides can be achieved with polymethylhydrosiloxane (PMHS) and tetra-n-butylammonium fluoride (TBAF) as catalyst (see scheme). The system is characterized by good chemoselectivity, operational simplicity, and functional-group tolerance; a concise mechanistic proposal was possible from in situ spectroscopic investigations.