© 2019 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim The isomerization of epoxides to aldehydes using the readily available Crabtree's reagent is described. The aldehydes were transformed into synthetically useful amines by a one-pot reductive amination using pyrrolidine as imine-formation catalyst. The reactions worked with low catalyst loadings in very mild conditions. The procedure is operationally simple and tolerates a wide range of functional groups. A DFT study of its mechanism is presented showing that the isomerization takes place via an iridium hydride mechanism with a low energy barrier, in agreement with the mild reaction conditions. (Figure presented.).
- Crabtree's catalyst
- β-alkyl amines