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1,1,3,3-Tetramethylguanidine is employed as a polyurethane foam catalyst, as an accelerator for the syntheses of polysulfured rubber. It is also used as a strong base in the photochemical (couplers) and in the pharmaceutical (steroids) industries. It is essential for the preparation of alkyl nitriles from alkyl halides and 3'-alkylthymidines from 3'-nitrothymidines. It serves as an efficient and selective catalyst for the benzoylation of alcohols. It replaces the expensive bases 1,8-Diazabicyclo[5.4.0]undec-7-ene (DBU) and 1,5-Diazabicyclo[4.3.0]non-5-ene (DBN) in organic synthesis.
Strong organic base useful for the formation of organic-soluble salts, and as a basic catalyst, e.g. in Michael addition reactions: J. Org. Chem., 27, 3175 (1962); Tetrahedron Lett., 569 (1973). Preferred catalyst in the Michael addition of aliphatic nitro compounds to unsaturated esters: Synthesis, 44 (1972); 953 (1989); Tetrahedron Lett., 30, 993 (1989).
Useful base for formation of TBDMS ethers of alcohols with tert-Butyldimethylchlorosilane, A13064: J. Org. Chem., 49, 4657 (1984).
For use in the Baylis-Hillman reaction, see: J. Chem. Soc., Perkin 1, 2831 (2001).
Inexpensive and efficient ligand for the palladium-catalyzed Heck reaction: Synlett, 1885 (2005).
Other uses include: Acylation of amino acids by methyl trifluoroacetate: Synthesis, 399 (1976). Formation of Boc-amino acids with tert-butyl phenyl carbonate: Org. Synth. Coll., 6, 203 (1988). Cleavage of peptides from resins: Tetrahedron, 40, 4237 (1984). Selective cleavage of a primary benzyloxycarbonyl (Cbz, Z) group in the presence of either Boc or secondary Cbz: J. Chem. Soc., Perkin 1, 1905 (1988). See also 4-Chloromethylpyridine hydrochloride, A12859 and Appendix 6./n
Liang, S.; Zhou, Y.; Liu, H.; Jiang, T.; Han, B. Immobilized 1,1,3,3-Tetramethylguanidine Ionic Liquids as the Catalyst for Synthesizing Propylene Glycol Methyl Ether. Catal. Lett. 2010, 140 (1-2), 49-54.
Huczynski, A.; Janczak, J.; Stefanska, J.; Rutkowski, J.; Brzezinski, B. X-ray, spectroscopic and antibacterial activity studies of the 1:1 complex of lasalocid acid with 1,1,3,3-tetramethylguanidine. J. Mol. Struct. 2010, 977 (1-3), 51-55.
Hazard Statements: H226-H302-H314-H318
Flammable liquid and vapour. Harmful if swallowed. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Causes serious eye damage.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P260u-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Do not breathe dusts or mists. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.