Organic reactions mediated by electrochemically generated ArS+

Kouichi Matsumoto, Seiji Suga, Jun Ichi Yoshida

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Low-temperature electrochemical oxidation of ArSSAr was carried out to generate a pool of "ArS+". Spectroscopic studies ( 1H NMR and CSI-MS) of the resulting solution revealed the accumulation of ArS(ArSSAr)+. The resulting "ArS +" pool reacted with alkenes and alkynes to give diarylthio-substituted products. The "ArS+" pool rapidly reacted with thioacetals to give the corresponding alkoxycarbenium ion pools, which reacted with various carbon nucleophiles (indirect cation pool method). The reaction of the alkoxycarbenium ion pools with stilbene derivatives in the presence of ArSSAr gave thiochroman derivatives. In addition to such stoichiometric reactions, a catalytic amount of "ArS+" serves as an initiator and a chain carrier of some cationic chain reactions involving intramolecular carbon-carbon bond formation. In situ generation of "ArS+" by electrochemical oxidation of ArSSAr with a catalytic amount of electricity in the presence of a substrate is also effective for such cationic chain reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2586-2596
Number of pages11
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Apr 21 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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