Synthesis of 1,3-Disubstituted Hexahydropyrimidine Derivatives from Dibenzoylmethane, Acetylacetone, Ethyl Acetoacetate: One-Pot FeCl 3-Catalyzed Mannich Reaction

Abdullah Saleh, Martha Morton, John D'Angelo

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1,3-Disubstituted hexahydropyrimidin-5-yl(phenyl)methanone (products 1-5) were prepared from the reaction of dibenzoylmethane with primary amines and formaldehyde in the presence of Lewis acid catalyst at ambient temperature. Replication of the reaction with acetylacetone and ethyl aetoacetate yielded 1,1′-(1,3-disubstituted hexahydropyrimidine-5,5-diyl)diethanone (products 6-10) and ethyl 5-acetylhexahydropyrimidine-5-carboxylate (products 11-13), respectively. Yields obtained ranged from 69 to 89%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2715-2723
Number of pages9
JournalSynthetic Communications
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Sep 17 2014



  • Debenzoylation
  • Mannich reaction
  • hexahydropyrimidines

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  • Organic Chemistry

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