Lithiation of a Simple Amine with a Large Excess of n-Butyllithium: The Remarkable Product (Ph2NLi)·[Ph(C6H4Li)NLi] 2· (nBuLi)2·(Et2O)4

Robert P. Davies, Paul R. Raithby, Ronald Snaith

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What lithiates what? In a reaction between Ph2NH and excess nBuLi the aggregate 1 comprising nBuLi, monolitiated amine, and doubly lithiated amine units forms. The structure (see picture) raises interesting questions about lithiation reaction mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1215-1217
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie (International Edition in English)
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 1997


  • Amides
  • Lithiation
  • Lithium
  • Reaction mechanisms
  • Solid-state structures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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