Forming N-methyl-2-aminobutane from 2-aminobutane?
I would react an excess of 2-aminobutane with methyl bromide.
Amines can react as nucleophiles with alkyl halides in
Yields are often poor, because the product amines are still nucleophilic and can react with more halide.
The excess of starting amine serves two functions:
- It minimizes further alkylation.
- It neutralizes the
#"HBr"#that is formed.