DOI: 10.1002/anie.202317610 ISSN: 1433-7851

β‐C–H Allylation of Trialkylamines with Allenes Promoted by Synergistic Borane/Palladium Catalysis

Ming Zhang, Zi-Lu Tang, Heng Luo, Xiao-Chen Wang
  • General Chemistry
  • Catalysis

Functionalization of the C(sp3)–H bonds of trialkylamines is challenging, especially for reactions at positions other than the α position. Herein, we report a method for β‐C(sp3)–H allylation of trialkylamines. In these reactions, which involve synergistic borane/palladium catalysis, an enamine intermediate is first generated from the amine via α,β‐dehydrogenation promoted by B(C6F5)3 and a base, and then the enamine undergoes palladium‐catalyzed reaction with an allene to give the allylation product. Because the hydride and the proton resulting from the initial dehydrogenation are ultimately shuttled to the product by B(C6F5)3 and the palladium catalyst, respectively, these reactions show excellent atom economy. The establishment of this method paves the way for future studies of C–H functionalization of trialkylamines by means of synergistic borane/transition‐metal catalysis.

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