Synthesis 2009(8): 1370-1374  
DOI: 10.1055/s-0028-1087994
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IBX/TBAB-Mediated Oxidation of Primary Amines to Nitriles

Fleur Drouet, Patrice Fontaine, Géraldine Masson*, Jieping Zhu*
Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, CNRS, 91198 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France
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Received 2 November 2008
Publication Date:
06 March 2009 (eFirst)


The combination of o-iodoxybenzoic acid (IBX) and tetrabutylammonium bromide (TBAB) efficiently oxidizes primary amines to the corresponding nitriles in good to excellent yield under mild conditions. The reaction is racemization-free when applied to a chiral lysine derivative.