Vicarious Michael addition

Zhong Biao Zhang, Dillip K. Mohanty

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C-H bond can undergo vicarious Michael addition reaction (VMA) with double-activated double bond in the absence of strong base and catalyst under mild conditions. Intramolecular H-bonding, electron-withdrawing inductive effect, and steric hindrance at α-position of nucleophile facilitates C-H addition over N-H addition. By using VMA, high branching multiplicity, novel branching pattern, controllable density and distribution of functional groups can be envisioned for novel dendrimer synthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-564
Number of pages4
JournalChinese Chemical Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2006


  • C-H bond activation
  • Dendrimers
  • Hydrogen bonds
  • Michael addition
  • Synthesis


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