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Characterization and Utility of N-Unsubstituted Imines Synthesized from Alkyl Azides by Ruthenium Catalysis


  • This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (2012-007235) and by KOSEF through the EPB center (2012-0000534).


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Shine a light: A fluorescent light-induced synthetic method for the title compounds has been developed and the chemoselective nature of the reaction is highlighted by the observation of the cis/trans isomers of various N-unsubstituted imines. The synthetic utility of this method is demonstrated by the one-pot imine formation/asymmetric allylation sequence of benzyl azide catalyzed by 1. (Ipc=isopinocampheyl).