Unsymmetric di(heteroaryl)ureas such as HetAr1-NHCONH-HetAr2 are efficiently synthesized from two symmetric ureas, HetAr1-NHCONH-HetAr1 and HetAr2-NHCONH-HetAr2, by rhodium-catalyzed exchange reactions. The equilibrium in some of the reactions can be shifted to the formation of unsymmetric ureas by the aggregation of the dimers formed by inter- and intramolecular hydrogen bonding.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry