Isomerization of trimethylammonium N-benzylide 2 failed to occur at room temperature in a non-basic medium (HMPA) or at -78°C in the presence of butyllithium in THF. However, N,N-dimethyl-1-phenylethylamine 4 (Stevens rearrangement product) was formed when the temperature of the latter reaction was raised to room temperature. The mechanism of the Stevens rearrangement is discussed.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of the Chemical Society - Perkin Transactions 1|
|Publication status||Published - 21-05-1997|
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