Intramolecular Hydroamination of Alkynes Catalyzed by Silver-Phenanthroline Complexes

Doctoral Dissertation


The intramolecular hydroamination reaction is among the more versatile means of forming nitrogen-containing hetereocycles, compounds of interest in a variety of chemical disciplines. While the reaction has been intensely studied, concerns still exist over its amenability to organic synthesis. This thesis details the implementation of a readily-recyclable silver-1,10-phenanthroline catalyst which has demonstrated high efficiency for the hydroamination of a variety of aminoalkynes. As a means for developing a protocol for enantioselective synthesis, the desymmetrization of a prochiral diyne was accomplished using the silver-1,10-phenanthroline catalyst. This desymmetrization creates chiral compounds, an occurrence not often observed in the alkyne hydroamination.

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Attribute NameValues
  • etd-04152009-155232

Author Jeffrey Munson Carney
Advisor Paul Helquist
Contributor Olaf Wiest, Committee Member
Contributor Paul Helquist, Committee Chair
Contributor Marya Lieberman, Committee Member
Contributor Brian Baker, Committee Member
Degree Level Doctoral Dissertation
Degree Discipline Chemistry and Biochemistry
Degree Name PhD
Defense Date
  • 2009-03-02

Submission Date 2009-04-15
  • United States of America

  • hydroamination

  • transition metal catalysis

  • synthesis

  • unnatural amino acid

  • ketoimine

  • prochiral aminodiyne

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

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Content License
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