From my post at, here is a summary of something I am undergoing research into at my college, SUNY Potsdam. This is an organic green chemical amination procedure for organic (carbon chemical) compounds of the class of alkenes. While the research so far has not ostensibly proven this mechanism I have some convincing evidence that this is possible and useful.

“PABA (Para-Aminobenzoic acid) as an acetate salt has experimentally been used in a small set of household experiments to aminate (probably any, but aromatic) alkenes (such as eugenol, b-pinene, germacrene, myristicin, elemicin, cinnemal) etc. I have only tried pinene and germacrenes but it seems to work fine. The PABA Acetate should come as up to 0.4mol of the starting reactants or even more with highly acidic alkenes.
Common steps to take once this formation is done:
It seems that alcohol, particularly isopropyl with some water is perfect for this reaction and the mechanism implicitly should be an organic conjugate proton pathway for reduction to happen based on resonance and pH shifts of the individual molecules.
To reduce aminoalkenes of the type this PABA acetate would form, try making an alcohol (this amine nh2 will be protected) with Hydrogen Peroxide or you could try to with some compounds make a substitution with chloride, and for reduction back to an alkane if necessary likely ZnCl2 with or without HCl might be a good option.
Remember my results havent been lab verified but they make a hell of a lot of sense so far and pH and material property shifts as well as solubilities seem to assert I am correct that this is working.
As for the position which becomes aminated, I think it is generally unpredictable or I have no evidence for a trend so far.”

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