Shulin Chen, Yuan Xu, and Xiaobing Wan*
Org. Lett., 2011, 13 (23), 6152–6155
A new N-sulfonyl formamidine synthesis was developed via NaI-catalyzed direct condensation of sulfonamide and formamide. The green methodology is featured by high atom economy, easily available starting materials, the lack of need for a transition-metal catalyst, no requirement of hazardous reagent, operational simplicity, and good tolerance with diverse functional groups. Mechanistic studies suggest that the protocol proceeds based upon in situ generated TsN·NaI.