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Highly Efficient Heterogeneous Gold-catalyzed Direct Synthesis of Tertiary and Secondary Amines from Alcohols and Urea

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  • Lin He,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 21-65643774
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  • Yue Qian,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 21-65643774
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  • Ran-Sheng Ding,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 21-65643774
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  • Dr. Yong-Mei Liu,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 21-65643774
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  • Prof. Dr. He-Yong He,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 21-65643774
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  • Prof. Kang-Nian Fan,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 21-65643774
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  • Prof. Dr. Yong Cao

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 21-65643774
    • Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 21-65643774
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Abstract

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Urea, the white gold: The efficient synthesis of tertiary and secondary amines is achieved by heterogeneous gold-catalyzed direct amination of stoichiometric alcohols with urea in good to excellent yields. Via a hydrogen autotransfer pathway, the reactions of primary alcohols with urea give tertiary amines exclusively, while secondary alcohols selectively afford secondary amines.

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