Free-Radical Deoxygenative Amination of Alcohols via Copper Metallaphotoredox Catalysis

William P. Carson, Artem V. Tsymbal, Robert W. Pipal, Grant A. Edwards, Joseph R. Martinelli, Albert Cabré, David W.C. MacMillan

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Alcohols are among the most abundant chemical feedstocks, yet they remain vastly underutilized as coupling partners in transition metal catalysis. Herein, we describe a copper metallaphotoredox manifold for the open shell deoxygenative coupling of alcohols with N-nucleophiles to forge C(sp3)-N bonds, a linkage of high value in pharmaceutical agents that is challenging to access via conventional cross-coupling techniques. N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)-mediated conversion of alcohols into the corresponding alkyl radicals followed by copper-catalyzed C-N coupling renders this platform successful for a broad range of structurally unbiased alcohols and 18 classes of N-nucleophiles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15681-15687
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number23
StatePublished - Jun 12 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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