Symmetrical bisamides of ethylene diamine of type ArCONHCH2CH2NHCOAr undergo anodic C-C bond cleavage in acetonitrile-LiClO4 under controlled-potential electrolysis. The electrogenerated carbocation intermediates react with the solvent acetonitrile to afford unsymmetrical gem-bisamides of type ArCONHCH2NHCOMe in a one-pot reaction. The yields of the latter products are moderate (up to 60%). Other minor products involve two symmetrical gem-bisamides of type ArCONHCH2NHCOAr and MeCONHCH2NHCOMe and fragmentation products (e.g., ArCONHCHO, ArCONH2, and ArCN).
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry