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Treatment of a range of N-benzyl tertiary amines with aqueous eerie ammonium nitrate results in N-debenzylation to afford the corresponding secondary amine. Chemoselective mono-W-debenzylation of N-benzyl tertiary amines is shown to occur in the presence of N-benzyl amides, O-benzyl ethers, O-benzyl esters, O-benzyl phenolates and 5-benzyl ethers. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2000.

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Journal article


Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1

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3765 - 3774