Amidation of unactivated ester derivatives mediated by trifluoroethanol

Christopher G. McPherson, Nicola Caldwell, Craig Jamieson, Iain Simpson, Allan J. B. Watson

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A catalytic amidation protocol mediated by 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol has been developed, facilitating the condensation of unactivated esters and amines, furnishing both secondary and tertiary amides. The complete scope and limitations of the method are described, along with modified conditions for challenging substrates such as acyclic secondary amines and chiral esters with retention of chiral integrity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOrganic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number16
Early online date4 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2017


  • Amidation
  • Ester derivatives
  • Trifluoroethanol
  • Chiral integrity
  • Catalytic amidation protocol
  • Acyclic secondary amines


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