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Keywords:

  • alcohols;
  • alkylation;
  • cooperative catalysis;
  • hydrogen bonds;
  • nucleophilic substitution
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Learning to cooperate: A straightforward method for the selective N-mono- and dialkylation of amines with alcohols by means of non-metal-based catalysis promoted by TAPC is reported (see scheme). Selectivity of the N-mono- and dialkylation, substrate scope and functional-group tolerance are highlighted with respect to each amine (1° and 2°; aromatic and aliphatic) and alcohol (1°, 2° and 3°; benzylic and aliphatic) component.