One-Pot Efficient Beckmann Rearrangement of Ketones Catalyzed by Silica Sulfuric Acid
One-Pot Efficient Beckmann Rearrangement of Ketones Catalyzed by Silica Sulfuric Acid
Journal of the Korean Chemical Society. 2007. Aug, 51(4): 361-364
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  • Received : June 05, 2007
  • Published : August 20, 2007
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H., Eshghi
A., Hassankhani
Department of Chemistry, Sistan & Baluchestan University, Zahedan 98135-674, Iran

A one-pot Beckmann rearrangement for the preparation of amides from ketones is described using the silica sulfuric acid under Microwave irradiation. Advantages of this method are regioselectivity with high yields in a simple operation and short reaction time, in which the mole ratio of acid and ketone was 1:2 and it should be greener than the currently used systems.
The rearrangement of ketoximes to the amides, known as the Beckmann reaction, is a common method in organic chemistry, and is a topic of current interest. 1 , 2 The classical Beckmann rearrangement 3 requires excess or stoichiometric amounts of strong protic acids such as concentrated sulfuric acid or phosphoric acid which cause a large amount of byproducts and serious corrosion problems. 1 The reaction generally requires relatively high reaction temperature for long reaction times. On these bases, milder conditions were tried and investigations on clean, simple, environmentally benign, and highly efficient processes became the chemists interesting undertaking. 4 , 5 Several improved procedures have been reported using modified reagents 6 and solid acids like clay 7 and zeolites. 8 However, most of these procedures involve vapor phase reactions 9 . Low selectivity of the migrating group and rapid decay of catalyst activity, generally resulted because of high reaction temperature. 3 , 9 Furthermore, the reactions are sluggish when they are performed in the liquid phase. 5a , 10 Relatively few solid phase methods have been developed 11 and fewer methods are available for one-pot Beckmann rearrangement of ketones. 12 - 15
We now wish to report a simple and efficient process for one-pot Beckmann rearrangement of ketones to amides using silica sulfuric acid in solvent-free conditions, in which the mole ratio of acid and ketone was 1:2 and it should be greener than the sulfuric acid and chlorosulfonic acid systems which currently used 16 in organic solvents ( 1 ).
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Silica sulfuric acid is an excellent candidate for sulfuric acid or chlorosulfonic acid replacement in organic reactions without any limitation such as destruction of acid sensitive functional groups, use of rather toxic solvents and expensive reagents or solvents. Silica sulfuric acid can be easily prepared from commercially available starting materials. 17 Chlorosulfonic acid was used as a catalyst in the Beckmann rearrangement 16 of ketoximes to the corresponding amides in solvents such as DMF and toluene. However, a relatively large amount of these solvents was needed which are expensive and would cause environmental problems. Moreover, in the cases of aliphatic and cyclic ketones selectivity was decreased.
In order to prepare amides, various types of ketones were mixed with hydroxylamine hydrochloride and 0.5 equivalent of silica sulfuric acid in a mortar and pestle. The reaction mixture was irradiated in microwave oven for 5-10 minutes. The corresponding amide was obtained in high yields. The experimental results are summarized in 1 .
As shown in the 1 several structurally varied ketones undergo clean, remarkably fast and direct nitrogen insertion reactions by a one-pot Beckmanntype reaction to the corresponding amides. This mild and versatile method can also be applied for both aromatic and aliphatic ketones. The Beckmann rearrangement of cyclic ketones proceeds effectively to afford the corresponding lactams in good to excellent yields (entries 1a-e and 2). In the cases of unsymmetrical ketones the reaction was selective and one of the two possible amides produced (entries 3-5). Generally, migration of an aryl group predominates over that of an alkyl group. In the other cases, the major product being the one where the more bulky group has migrated (entries 6 and 7). Products were characterized by their physical constants, comparison with authentic samples, and IR and NMR spectra. 4 , 13 , 14 , 18 - 21 In all 1 H-NMR spectra (CDCl 3 , 25 ℃) the NH group of amides appeared around 6-8 as a broad singlet and the 1 H chemical shifts and respective relatve integrations of α-hydrogens are given in 1 . In IR spectra the NH and C=O groups were observed around 3250-3350 and 1640-1680 cm -1 respectively.
In conclusion, an environmentally benign method for synthesis of amides and lactams has been developed, which involves the one-pot Beckmann rearrangement of ketones using silica sulfuric acid as a reusable catalyst. In addition, it offers high yields, ease of work-up and high selectivity without formation of by-products such as tetrazoles, amino tetrazoles, nitriles and ureas.
All melting points recorded are uncorrected open capillary measurements. IR spectra were recorded on a Shimadzu -IR 470 spectrophotometer. 1 H-NMR spectra were recorded on a Bruker-80 and 100 MHz instrument using tetramethylsilane (TMS) as an internal standard. Silica gel 60 (230-400 mesh) was purchased from Fluka and was dried in an oven at 120 ℃ for 2 h. Irradiation was carried out in a domestic microwave oven (Electra, 2450 MHz, 400 W) for optimized time. Silica sulfuric acid was obtained according to literature. 17
- Conversion of Ketones to Amides
General procedure: A mixture of ketone (2 mmol), hydroxylamine hydrochloride (4 mmol) and silica sulfuric acid (0.4 g, 1mmol) was grounded thoroughly in a mortar. The mortar was covered with a watch glass and put inside a domestic Microwave oven (2450 MHz, 400 W). The mixture was irradi-ated for the time indicated in 1 . The progress of the reaction was monitored by TLC. After the reaction was complete, ethyl acetate (15 cm 3 ) was added to the reaction mixture and silica sulfuric acid was removed by filtration. It was then washed with water (10 cm 3 ) and dried over anhydrous CaCl 2 and the solvent evaporated in vacuum to give the crude product. Purification of solid products was achieved by crystallization from suitable solvent such EtOH. Products are known compounds and were characterized by comparison of their spectral data (IR, 1 H-NMR) and physical properties with those reported in the literature. 4 , 13 , 14 , 18 - 21
One-pot Preparation of Amides and Lactams from Ketones by Using Silica Sulfuric Acid.a
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a Products were characterized by their physical constants, comparison with authentic samples and IR and 1H-NMR spectra4,13,14,18-21. bIsolated yields, cThe numbers within the parentheses are the respective relative areas, d Ratio of the products were determined from 1H-NMR spectra of the crude product.
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