Amines are the first nitrogen‑containing compounds that we study in detail in this course. We begin the chapter with an explanation of the differences in structure among primary, secondary and tertiary amines. We explain the nomenclature of aliphatic and arylamines, and examine the structure and bonding of these compounds, relating these features to their physical properties and basicity. We describe the use of amines to resolve racemic mixtures of chiral carboxylic acids.
Amines may be prepared by a number of different synthetic methods. We describe each of these methods and assess the relative merits of each. After a description of the reactions of aliphatic amines, we devote sections to a discussion of the use of tetraalkylammonium salts as phase‑transfer agents. The chapter concludes with a summary of the spectroscopic properties of amines.