Date of Award

Fall 2007

Document Type



Chemistry and Biochemistry

First Advisor

Dr. Roseann Sachs


Much attention has been given recently to the use of ionic liquids as highly effective reaction solvents in organic syntheses. We have found that the ionic liquid l-butyl-3- methylimadazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([Bmim] [NTf2]) is capable of acting as an efficient medium for several Michael reactions using benzylamine as the Michael donor. The use of [Bmim] [NTf2] allows the reaction to take place without volatile organic solvents. In addition, [Bmim] [NTf2] is able to be reused at least three times. These two factors make the reaction greener by reducing waste and the release of organic compounds into the environment.