1H-Tetrazoles occupy an important role in modern medicinal chemistry, but few methods for their modification exist. Many extant protocols require the use of a difficult to remove N-alkyl-protecting group, precluding the products from use as carboxylate bioisosteres, the major role of tetrazoles in pharmaceuticals. We herein report a convenient, protecting-group-free lithiation-substitution protocol for benzylic tetrazoles. Metalation with n-BuLi at 0 °C followed by electrophilic trapping gave a range of α-functionalized benzyltetrazoles in up to 91% yield.
|Number of pages||4|
|Early online date||26 Aug 2019|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Sept 2019|
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- School of Engineering & Physical Sciences - Assistant Professor
- School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Institute of Chemical Sciences - Assistant Professor
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