The paper describes a mild, selective, and rapid replacement of an N-methyl group of tertiary amines with other alkyl groups via a simple one-pot procedure. This transformation is easily achieved by preparation of the appropriate quaternary ammonium salt in sulfolane and in situ treatment with sodium sulfide or potassium thioacetate. The protocol is successfully applied to the transformation of dihydrolysergol, dextromethorphan and laudanosine (as models of ergot and opium N-methyl alkaloids) into various N-alkyl congeners.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of the Chemical Society. Perkin Transactions 1|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
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