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An efficient synthesis of N-methylated amides using methanol in the presence of a ruthenium(II) catalyst is realized. Notably, applying this process, tandem C-methylation and N-methylation were achieved to synthesize α-methyl N-methylated amides. In addition, several kinetic studies and control experiments with the plausible intermediates were performed to understand this novel protocol. Furthermore, detailed computational studies were carried out to understand the mechanism of this transformation.
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A colorless, flammable liquid used in the manufacture of FORMALDEHYDE and ACETIC ACID, in chemical synthesis, antifreeze, and as a solvent. Ingestion of methanol is toxic and may cause blindness.
Unstable isotopes of ruthenium that decay or disintegrate emitting radiation. Ru atoms with atomic weights 93-95, 97, 103, and 105-108 are radioactive ruthenium isotopes.
Inorganic compounds that contain ruthenium as an integral part of the molecule.
An inorganic dye used in microscopy for differential staining and as a diagnostic reagent. In research this compound is used to study changes in cytoplasmic concentrations of calcium. Ruthenium red inhibits calcium transport through membrane channels.
Organic compounds containing the -CO-NH2 radical. Amides are derived from acids by replacement of -OH by -NH2 or from ammonia by the replacement of H by an acyl group. (From Grant & Hackh's Chemical Dictionary, 5th ed)