We report the practical, scalable synthesis of a range of N-methyl allylic amines. Primary and secondary allylic alcohols underwent a regioselective Mitsunobu reaction with readily accessible N-Boc ethyl oxamate to deliver the corresponding N-Boc allylic amines, including in enantiopure form via stereospecific substitution. Subsequent N-methylation and Boc deprotection without chromatography yielded the amine products as hydrochloride salts. This method solves the problem of converting commercially available alcohols into often volatile N-methyl allylic amines, many of which have limited commercial availability.
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This work was funded by the EPSRC through Research Grant EP/L018527.
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