DFT Rationalization of the Diverse Outcomes of the Iodine(III)-Mediated Oxidative Amination of Alkenes

Ignacio Funes-Ardoiz, W. M.C. Sameera, R. Martín Romero, Claudio Martínez, José A. Souto, Diego Sampedro, Kilian Muñiz, Feliu Maseras

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© 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. A computational study of the mechanism for the iodine(III)-mediated oxidative amination of alkenes explains the experimentally observed substrate dependence on product distribution. Calculations with the M06 functional have been carried out on the reaction between PhI(N(SO2Me)2)2 and three different representative substrates: styrene, α-methylstyrene, and (E)-methylstilbene. All reactions start with electrophilic attack by a cationic PhI(N(SO2Me)2)+ unit on the double bond, and formation of an intermediate with a single C-I bond and a planar sp2 carbocationic center. The major path, leading to 1,2-diamination, proceeds through a mechanism in which the bissulfonimide initially adds to the alkene through an oxygen atom of one sulfonyl group. This behavior is now corroborated by experimental evidence. An alternative path, leading to an allylic amination product, takes place through deprotonation at an allylic C-H position in the common intermediate. The regioselectivity of this amination depends on the availability of the resonant structures of an alternate carbocationic intermediate. Only in cases where a high electronic delocalization is possible, as in (E)-methylstilbene, does the allylic amination occur without migration of the double bond.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7545-7553
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2016


  • alkenes
  • amination
  • density functional calculations
  • hypervalent iodine
  • reaction mechanisms

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