(R)-(+)-1-Phenylethylamine is used as an intermediate in organic synthesis. It is also used to determine the enantiomeric purity of acids.
Both enantiomers are widely used resolving agent for chiral acids. They also find extensive use as chiral auxiliaries in asymmetric synthesis:
For use in the enantioselective synthesis of ɑ-amino nitriles and amino acids in the Strecker reaction, see: Chem. Ber., 110, 2098 (1977); J. Org. Chem., 48, 5369 (1983). Similarly, the preformed imines can be reacted with Trimethylsilyl cyanide, A19598: Chem. Lett., 331, 737 (1975). Enantioselective synthesis of cyclohexylamines from 2-alkylcyclohexanones via the imine and reduction: Tetrahedron Lett., 22, 2633 (1981); Chem. Ber., 117, 2076 (1984). Enantioselective synthesis of ɑ-aminoacetals from 1,1-dialkoxy-2-propanones: Synthesis, 608 (1989).
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Hazard Statements: H227-H302-H311-H314-H318
Combustible liquid. Harmful if swallowed. Toxic in contact with skin. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Causes serious eye damage.
Precautionary Statements: P210u-P260u-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
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.