DOI: 10.1055/a-2161-9689 ISSN:

A simple and powerful tert-butylation of carboxylic acids and alcohols

Chie Ogasa, Kimika Kayano, Kosuke Namba
  • Organic Chemistry

A simple and safe tert-butylation reaction was developed. Treatment of various free amino acids with 1.1 equiv of bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide in tert-butyl acetate directly afforded tert-butyl esters with free amino groups quickly and in good yields. In addition, various carboxylic acids and alcohols without amino groups were converted to tert-butyl esters and ethers in high yields with small catalytic amounts of bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide. All tert-butylation reactions of free amino acids, carboxylic acids, and alcohols proceeded much faster and in high yields compared to conventional methods.

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