Photoinduced Construction of β-Keto Thiosulfones

Photoinduced Construction of β-Keto Thiosulfones

Author: European Journal of Organic Chemistry

Organosulfur compounds are interesting research targets. Sulfur-containing molecules are often found, for example, among natural products and pharmaceutically active compounds and in functional materials. Sulfur-functionalized ketones, for example, can have useful biological activities and serve as intermediates in organic synthesis. β-Keto thiosulfones can often be prepared under transition-metal-catalyzed conditions. Developing alternative metal-free catalytic methods would be useful.

Ping Song, Shun-Yi Wang, Soochow University, China, and colleagues have developed a metal-free, visible-light promoted radical reaction of α-bromoacetophenones with thiosulfonates or selenosulfonates to give β-keto thiosulfones or β-keto selenosulfones, respectively (pictured). The reaction constructs two different C–S bonds or one C–S bond and one C–Se bond simultaneously under mild conditions. The team used 9-mesityl-10-methylacridinium perchlorate (Mes–Acr+–Me ClO4) as the photocatalyst, K2CO3 as a base, and ethanol as the solvent. The reaction was performed at room temperature under purple light irradiation and an N2 atmosphere.



This approach shows a wide substrate scope and good atom economy, and it uses ethanol as a green solvent. The desired products were obtained in moderate to high yields. The team performed a gram-scale reaction and obtained a yield of 74 %.



  1. HAREM

    Je suis intéressé par votre production de ces molécules organique, j’ai un diplôme d’ingénieur chimiste.


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