Organic reactions in ionic liquids: N-alkylation of phthalimide and several nitrogen heterocycles

Zhang-Gao Le, Zhen-Chu Chen, Yi Hu, Qinguo Zheng

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Abstract

N-Alkylation of heterocyclic compounds bearing an acidic hydrogen atom attached to nitrogen with alkyl halides is accomplished in ionic liquids ([bmim]BF4 = 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, [bmim]PF6 = 1-butyl-3-methylimida-zolium hexafluorophosphate, [buPy]BF4 = butylpyridinium tetra­fluoroborate) in the presence of potassium hydroxide as a base. In this manner, phthalimide, indole, benzimidazole, succinimide can be successfully alkylated. The procedure is convenient, efficient, and generally affords the N-alkylated product exclusively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-212
Number of pages5
JournalSynthesis
Volume2004
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2004

Keywords

  • ionic liquids
  • N-alkylation
  • phthalimide
  • heterocycle

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