Facile Rearrangement of O-Silylated Oximes on Reduction with Boron Trifluoride/Borane

Aromatic O-triisopropylsilyl ketoximes were efficiently rearranged to cyclic and acyclic aniline derivatives on reduction with BF3-ethearate /borane. The bulk of the substituents on the silicon atom, the size of the aliphatic ring, and the presence of alkoxy substituents on the aryl group all play an important role in the aniline.