Sunlight assisted direct amide formation: Via a charge-transfer complex

Irit Cohen, Abhaya K. Mishra, Galit Parvari, Rachel Edrei, Mauricio Dantus, Yoav Eichen, Alex M. Szpilman

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We report on the use of charge-transfer complexes between amines and carbon tetrachloride, as a novel way to activate the amine for photochemical reactions. This principle is demonstrated in a mild, transition metal free, visible light assisted, dealkylative amide formation from feedstock carboxylic acids and amines. The low absorption coefficient of the complex allows deep light penetration and thus scale up to a gram scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10128-10131
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number73
StatePublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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