Unexpected photolytic decomposition of alkyl azides under mild conditions

Giovanni Abbenante, Giang T. Le, David P. Fairlie

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Alkyl azides have been found to undergo an unexpectedly facile photodecomposition under mild conditions (laboratory light) and the reaction gives rise to small amounts of aldehydes and monoacyl aminal rearrangement products that can dramatically impact on the uses of azides in chemistry, biology and medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4501-4503
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes

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