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Catalysts 2017, 7(11), 340; doi:10.3390/catal7110340

YCl3-Catalyzed Highly Selective Ring Opening of Epoxides by Amines at Room Temperature and under Solvent-Free Conditions

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School of Molecular Science and Engineering, Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC), 555 Moo 1, Payupnai, Wangchan, Rayong 21210, Thailand
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Department of Chemistry, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia
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Received: 16 October 2017 / Revised: 29 October 2017 / Accepted: 6 November 2017 / Published: 10 November 2017
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Abstract

A simple, efficient, and environmentally benign approach for the synthesis of β-amino alcohols is herein described. YCl3 efficiently carried out the ring opening of epoxides by amines to produce β-amino alcohols under solvent-free conditions at room temperature. This catalytic approach is very effective, with several aromatic and aliphatic oxiranes and amines. A mere 1 mol % concentration of YCl3 is enough to deliver β-amino alcohols in good to excellent yields with high regioselectivity. View Full-Text
Keywords: epoxides; β-amino alcohols; rare-earth metal catalysis; green chemistry epoxides; β-amino alcohols; rare-earth metal catalysis; green chemistry
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Natongchai, W.; Khan, R.A.; Alsalme, A.; Shaikh, R.R. YCl3-Catalyzed Highly Selective Ring Opening of Epoxides by Amines at Room Temperature and under Solvent-Free Conditions. Catalysts 2017, 7, 340.

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