Chemoselective addition of isocyanides to N-tert-butanesulfinimines

Guido V Janssen, Elwin Janssen, Christophe M L Vande Velde, Andreas W Ehlers, J Chris Slootweg, Eelco Ruijter, Koop Lammertsma, Romano V A Orru

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The reaction of isocyanides with N-tert-butanesulfinimines shows remarkable chemoselectivity. β-Sulfinylamino isocyanides are formed exclusively with aromatic sulfinimines, while α-sulfeneimino acetamides result when using aliphatic derivatives. A mechanism is suggested for the latter transformation, together with an explanation for the observed selectivity. Finally, a scope study is presented for this remarkably chemoselective reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5116-5119
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic letters
Issue number19
Early online date17 Sept 2014
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2014


  • Acetamides/chemical synthesis
  • Catalysis
  • Cyanides/chemistry
  • Imines/chemical synthesis
  • Molecular Structure
  • Stereoisomerism
  • Sulfonium Compounds/chemical synthesis


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