Web Date: August 10, 2017
Electricity jump-starts synthesis of 1,2-diamines
To make vicinal diamines, in which neighboring carbons each have an attached amine group, chemists generally expose alkenes to harsh chemical oxidants, which can produce environmentally toxic by-products. Now, researchers have replaced those harsh reactants with a metal catalyst and some electrical current to create a safer and less wasteful synthetic route to 1,2 diamines, functional groups that crop up in many pharmaceuticals and stereoselective catalysts (Science 2017, DOI: . . .
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