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submitted on 04.10.2018 and posted on 05.10.2018by Victor Laserna, Tom Sheppard
A versatile approach to the valorization of propargylic alcohols is reported, enabling controlled access to three different products from the same starting materials. Firstly, a general method for the hydroamination of propargylic alcohols with anilines is described using gold catalysis to give 3-hydroxy imines with complete regioselectivity. These 3-hydroxyimines can be reduced to give 1,3-aminoalcohols with high syn seletivity. Alternatively, by using a catalytic quantity of aniline, 3-hydroxyketones can be obtained in high yield directly from propargylic alcohols. Further manipulation of the reaction conditions enables the selective formation of 3-aminoketones via a rearrangement/hydroamination pathway.