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Radical Reduction of Aromatic Azides to Amines with Tributylgermanium Hydride

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posted on 06.01.2006, 00:00 by Luisa Benati, Giorgio Bencivenni, Rino Leardini, Matteo Minozzi, Daniele Nanni, Rosanna Scialpi, Piero Spagnolo, Giuseppe Zanardi
Aromatic azides are inert toward tributylgermanium hydride under thermal conditions in the absence and in the presence of a radical initiator but in the presence of catalytic amounts of benzenethiol undergo fast reaction, yielding reduced anilines and 2-germylated derivatives in high overall yields.

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