Herein we report a metal-free photocatalytic coupling reaction for the synthesis of structurally and functionally diverse N-alkyl hydrazones from α-diazoacetates and N-alkyl hydroxyphthalimide esters. By employing Rose Bengal as a photocatalyst with yellow LEDs irradiation, over 60 N-alkyl hydrazones were synthesized. Fluorescence quenching analysis and deuterium incorporation experiments reveal that Hantzsch ester serves as both an electron donor and proton source for the reaction. This strategy offers a simple retrosynthetic disconnection for conventionally inaccessible C(sp3)-rich N-alkyl hydrazones.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry