Oxidative amidation of benzyl alcohols with amino acid esters mediated by <i>N</i>-hydroxysuccinimide/phenyliodine diacetate

<p>A simple protocol involving metal-free oxidative amidation of benzyl alcohols with amino acid esters has been presented. The amidation proceeds in a radical pathway unlike in conventional metal-mediated extrusion of dihydrogen. The method is advantageous in terms of metal-free conditions, nonexpensive commercial starting substrates. Also various substituents in the starting materials are tolerated and sterically hindered amino acid side chains could provide good yields of amide products.</p>