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2 Reagents, 2 mechanisms, same product

Posted by naturalproductman on January 28, 2016

Srinivasan Chandrasekaran and colleague at the Indian Institute of Science have reported in Tetrahedron on a mechanistically interesting transformation involving a geminal aminooxygenation of a vinyl arene. Two different reaction conditions were identified: one with m-CPBA, the other with a hypervalent iodine reagent. The former underwent a deuterium shift on the gem-dideuterated-styrene starting material and the latter does not.

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Tetrahedron paper

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