Base and solvent dependency of an oxidative retro-alkylation of secondary and tertiary benzylamines

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An iodine and caesium carbonate amine oxidation protocol is described. Non-branched secondary benzylamines were cleanly oxidised to aldimines that could be isolated without the need for chromatography. A tertiary amine bearing an ethyl group was oxidatively de-ethylated by iodine and caesium carbonate in a DMSO-water solvent system.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5370-5373
Number of pages4
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2013