Regio- and Stereospecific Syntheses of <i>syn-</i> and <i>anti-</i>1,2-Imidazolylpropylamines from the Reaction of 1,1‘-Carbonyldiimidazole with <i>syn-</i> and <i>anti-</i>1,2-Amino Alcohols

The regio- and stereospecific conversion of <i>syn</i>- and <i>anti</i>-1,2-amino alcohols to their respective <i>syn</i>- and <i>anti</i>-1,2-imidazolylpropylamines via treatment with 1,1‘-carbonyldiimidazole is described. The rationale behind the regio- and stereospecific nature as well as the generality of the reaction is discussed.