A unique combination of CuI and CsOAc was found to catalyze aryl amination under mild conditions. The reaction takes place at room temperature or at 90 °C with broad functional group compatibility. The intramolecular reaction was able to form five-, six-, and seven-membered rings with various protecting groups on the nitrogen atom. The scope of the intermolecular amination, as well as its applications to unsymmetrical N,N′-dialkylated phenylenediamines, was investigated.
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