A photoassisted Ni-catalyzed reductive cross-coupling between tosyl-protected alkyl aziridines and commercially available (hetero)aryl iodides is reported. This mild and modular method proceeds in the absence of stoichiometric heterogeneous reductants and uses an inexpensive organic photocatalyst to access medicinally valuable β-phenethylamine derivatives. Unprecedented reactivity was achieved with the activation of cyclic aziridines. Mechanistic studies suggest that the regioselectivity and reactivity observed under these conditions are a result of nucleophilic iodide ring opening of the aziridine to generate an iodoamine as the active electrophile. This strategy also enables cross-coupling with Boc-protected aziridines.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Chemistry
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry