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Boc Deprotection



Boc deprotection using hydrochloric acid (HCl)


  1. The tert-butyl carbamate becomes protonated.
  2. Loss of the tert-butyl cation results in a carbamic acid.
  3. Decarboxylation of the carbamic acid results in the free amine.
  4. Protonation of amine under the acidic conditions provides the pdt as the HCl salt.

Key Points:

  1. The tert-butyl cation will either be quenched by a suitable trapping agent, deprotonate to form isobutylene (gas), or polymerize to form isobutylene oligomers.
  2. The CO2 gas that forms during the rxn should be allowed to escape. Don't run boc deprotections in closed systems.

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