An efficient protocol for the synthesis of β-amino acids starting from easily accessible α,β-unsaturated carboxylic acids based on the combination of two heterogeneous catalytic systems is reported. This multistep approach is based on the direct β-azidation of α,β-unsaturated carboxylic acids and subsequent azido group reduction performed in flow conditions. It has been demonstrated that the catalysts can be easily recovered and reused conserving its complete efficiency. The green metrics calculations proved the high environmental efficiency of the protocol characterized by very low waste production.
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- Amino acids
- Cobalt boride
- Multistep process
- Waste minimization