Synthesis of Nitrogen-Containing Heterocycles via Imidoyl or Iminyl Radical Intermediates

  • Jian LeiEmail author
  • Dengke Li
  • Qiang Zhu
Part of the Topics in Heterocyclic Chemistry book series (TOPICS, volume 54)


Synthesis of nitrogen-containing heterocycles with isocyanides, isothiocyanates, nitriles, imines, oxime derivatives, and other related compounds has been deeply investigated in organic synthesis. This chapter mainly focuses on summarizing radical cyclization reactions of these C-N unsaturated precursors to afford N-heterocycles in the past decade as well as some earlier feature examples. In most cases, imidoyl or iminyl radicals are involved in cyclizing onto unsaturated systems or heteroatoms to generate N-heterocycles, such as phenanthridines, (iso)quinolines, pyridines, indoles, and pyrroles. A few examples via other types of radical intermediates starting from isothiocyanates, isocyanates, and analogous structures are also included.


Cyclization reactions Homolytic substitution Imidoyl radicals Iminyl radicals Nitrogen heterocycles Radical reactions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Chemical Engineering and Materials ScienceQuanzhou Normal UniversityQuanzhouP. R. China
  2. 2.Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, Chinese Academy of SciencesGuangzhouP. R. China

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