The first general method is reported for transamidation of secondary carboxamides catalyzed by Pd-NHC (NHC = N-heterocyclic carbene) complexes. Commercially available, air- and moisture-stable (NHC)Pd(R-allyl)Cl complexes can effect C-N cross-coupling of a wide range of N-Boc and N-Ts amides, obtained by selective amide N-functionalization, with non-nucleophilic anilines and sterically hindered amines in very good yields. The first use of versatile Pd-NHC complexes as catalysts is represented for transition-metal-catalyzed C(acyl)-N amination of amides by N-C activation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry