Treatment of aromatic aldimines with terminal alkenes in the presence of a rhenium catalyst, [HRe(CO)4]n, gives 2-alkenylbenzylamines in good to excellent yields. This reaction proceeds via the insertion of the alkene into a C-H bond at the ortho-position of the imino group of the aromatic aldimine followed by sequential β-hydride elimination from the formed alkyl rhenium intermediate and then by hydrogenation of the imino group of the aldimine.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry