# A general, electrocatalytic approach to the synthesis of vicinal diamines

## Niankai Fu

### 2018

This protocol describes an electrochemical synthesis of 1,2-diazides from alkenes

## Highlights

• This protocol describes an electrochemical synthesis of 1,2-diazides from alkenes
• The electrochemical formation of 1,2-diazides involves the anodic generation of an azidyl radical from sodium azide, followed by two successive additions of this N-centered radical to the alkene, and is assisted by a Mn catalyst
• Compared with conventional synthetic approaches, electrochemistry allows for the precise control of the anodic potential input, eliminates the need for stoichiometric and often indiscriminate oxidants, and minimizes the generation of wasteful byproducts
• The resultant 1,2-diazides can be smoothly reduced to 1,2-diamines in a single step with high chemoselectivity
• This protocol, constitutes a general approach to accessing 1,2-diazides and 1,2-diamines from alkenes