Paired Electrolysis for Decarboxylative Cyanation: 4-CN-Pyridine, a Versatile Nitrile Source

Gadde Sathish Kumar, Prashant S. Shinde, Haifeng Chen, Krishnamoorthy Muralirajan, Rajesh Kancherla, Magnus Rueping*

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A decarboxylative cyanation of amino acids under paired electrochemical reaction conditions has been developed. 4-CN-pyridine was found to be a new and effective cyanation reagent under catalyst-free conditions. Mechanistic studies support a nucleophilic reaction pathway, and the cyanation protocol can be applied to diverse substrates including N,N-dialkyl aniline and indole derivatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6357-6363
Number of pages7
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number35
StatePublished - Sep 9 2022

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Funding Information:
This work was financially supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, Office of Sponsored Research (URF/1/4384).

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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