2022 Volume 70 Issue 9 Pages 595-598
An iterative hydride reduction/oxidation process was promoted under ambient conditions by a quasi-planar iminium cation rigidified by two concatenated quinoline units. The iminium proton was fixed by hydrogen bonding from neighboring quinoline nitrogen atoms, rendering the imine highly susceptible to hydride reduction with weak reductants, e.g., 1,4-dihydropyridines. The thus-formed amine was readily oxidized by molecular oxygen to regenerate the quasi-planar iminium cation under ambient conditions. This process was exploited for catalytic oxidation of 1,4-dihydropyridines as well as 9,10-dihydroacridine to highlight an intriguing rigidity-driven catalysis.