Acta Chim. Sinica ›› 2018, Vol. 76 ›› Issue (10): 774-778.DOI: 10.6023/A18070281 Previous Articles     Next Articles



何云清a, 滕金伟a, 田冲a, Borzov Maxima, 胡启山b, 聂万丽a   

  1. a 天然产物化学与小分子催化四川省高校重点实验室 乐山师范学院化学学院 乐山 614000;
    b 四川文理学院化学化工学院 达州 635000
  • 投稿日期:2018-07-18 发布日期:2018-08-13
  • 通讯作者: 聂万丽
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Reductive Amination by One Pot Reaction of Aldehydes and Alkoxyamines Catalyzed by B(C6F5)3

He Yunqinga, Teng Jinweia, Tian Chonga, Borzov Maxima, Hu Qishanb, Nie Wanlia   

  1. a Sichuan Province Key Laboratory of Natural Products and Small Molecule Synthesis, Chemical Department of Leshan Normal University, Leshan 614000, China;
    b College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University of Arts and Science, Dazhou 635000, China
  • Received:2018-07-18 Published:2018-08-13
  • Contact: 10.6023/A18070281
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    Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21542011), and Scientific Research Fund of Leshan Normal University (Z1414, Z1308).

Recently the research work concerning B(C6F5)3 catalyzed reductive and amination of aldehydes and ketones revealed that this extremely electron-deficient borane is, actually, a rather water-tolerant catalyst. This fact considerably broadens the scope of the water/base tolerant FLP chemistry. In this project, an efficient one pot reductive amination method has been developed by reaction of aldehydes and alkoxyamines with hydrosilanes as the hydride sources and B(C6F5)3 as catalyst without cleavage of the N-O bond. This protocol can be used to prepare the secondary and tertiary alkoxyamines by starting from the primary and secondary ones, respectively. A special attention has been paid to elucidate the role of water in the reductive amination. When benzaldehyde reacts with benzoxylamine, only the condensation product oxime ether could be observed. Whereas surprisingly when excess amount of water is added, the reductive amination goes successfully like the alkoxyamine hydrochloride works. The detailed NMR data has shown that a transformation of the intermediate oximes ArCH=NOR to the "ammonium borates"[ArCH=NHOR]+[X-B(C6F5)3]-(X=Cl, OH) can take place in the reaction system, while the latter can be converted into the well-known active intermediate "ammonium hydroborates"[ArCH=NHOR]+[H-B(C6F5)3]- to reduce the C=N bond under mild condition in the presence of hydrosilanes. That means the deprotonation reaction of the Lewis acid water adduct H2O-B(C6F5)3 could be a key step for the B(C6F5)3 catalyzed reaction under moist condition. In this case the adduct H2O-B(C6F5)3 acts as a Brønsted acid as HCl does. Meanwhile a simulative experiment under different ratio of water has been fulfilled to prove this speculation. The C=N bond of Benzalaniline (PhCH=NPh) and Benzyloxy oxime ether (PhCH=NOCH2Ph) could be reduced only in presence of 2 equiv. H2O rather than equivalent. Based on this study it has shown that in the frustrated Lewis pair (FLP) chemistry, the Lewis acid B(C6F5)3 is not only a highly effective and water tolerant catalyst, the "disfavored" deprotonation of H2O-B(C6F5)3 adductis possibly playing an important role in reductive amination reaction. To clarify in detail the actual role of water in the reductive amination reaction under the "moist" conditions would enable the further development of FLP and related catalyzed reactions.

Key words: frustrated Lewis pairs, B(C6F5)3, hydrosilanes, reductive amination, water