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C70 Fullerene Catalyzed Photoinduced Aerobic Oxidation of Benzylamines to Imines and Aldehydes

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posted on 22.04.2021, 20:46 authored by Inder Kumar, Rakesh Kumar, Shiv Shankar Gupta, Upendra Sharma
C70 fullerene catalyzed photoinduced oxidation of benzylic amines at ambient conditions has been explored here. The developed strategy’s main feature includes the additive/oxidant-free conversion of benzylic amine to corresponding imine and aldehydes. The reaction manifests broad substrate scope with excellent function group leniency and is applicable up to the gram scale. Further, symmetrical secondary amines can also be synthesized from benzylic amine in a one-pot two-step process. Various experiments and density functional theory studies revealed that the current reaction involves the generation of reactive oxygen species, single electron transfer reaction, and benzyl radical formation as key steps under photocatalytic conditions.