Harnessing Sulfur(VI) Fluoride Exchange Click Chemistry and Photocatalysis for Deaminative Benzylic Arylation. Academic Article uri icon


  • While among the most common functional handles present in organic molecules, amines are a widely underutilized linchpin for C-C bond formation. To facilitate C-N bond cleavage, large activating groups are typically used but result in the generation of stoichiometric amounts of organic waste. Herein, we report an atom-economic activation of benzylic primary amines relying on the Sulfur(VI) Fluoride Exchange (SuFEx) click chemistry and the aza-Ramberg-Bcklund reaction. This two-step sequence allows the high-yielding generation of 1,2-dialkyldiazenes from primary amines via loss of SO2. Excitation of the diazenes with blue light and an Ir photocatalyst affords radical pairs upon expulsion of N2, which can be coaxed into the formation of C(sp3)-C(sp2) bonds upon diffusion and capture by a Ni catalyst. This arylative strategy relying on a traceless click approach was harnessed in a variety of examples and its mechanism was investigated.

published proceedings

  • ACS Catal

author list (cited authors)

  • Chattapadhyay, D., Aydogan, A., Doktor, K., Maity, A., Wu, J. W., & Michaudel, Q.

complete list of authors

  • Chattapadhyay, Deepta||Aydogan, Akin||Doktor, Katarzyna||Maity, Arunava||Wu, Jiun Wei||Michaudel, Quentin

publication date

  • June 2023