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Chemoselective Thioacetalization Using 3-(1,3-Dithian-2-ylidene)pentane-2,4-dione as an Odorless and Efficient Propane-1,3-dithiol Equivalent under Solvent-Free Conditions

Yan Ouyang, Dewen Dong*, Chunbai Zheng, Haifeng Yu, Qun Liu, Zhenqian Fu

*Department of Chemistry, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, 130024, P. R. of China, Email:

Y. Ouyang, D. Dong, C. Zheng, H. Yu, Q. Liu, Z. Fu, Synthesis, 2006, 3801-3804.

DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-950298


As a non-thiolic, odorless propane-1,3-dithiol equivalent, 3-(1,3-dithian-2-ylidene)pentane-2,4-dione has been investigated in acid-promoted thioacetalization under solvent-free conditions. A range of selected aldehydes and aliphatic ketones have been converted into the corresponding dithioacetals in high yields. The relatively slow reaction rate of aromatic ketones allows chemoselective protection.

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Chemoselective Thioacetalization in Water: 3-(1,3-Dithian-2-ylidene)pentane- 2,4-dione as an Odorless, Efficient, and Practical Thioacetalization Reagent

D. Dong, Y. Ouyang, H. Yu, Q. Liu, J. Liu, M. Wang, J. Zhu, J. Org. Chem., 2005, 70, 4535-4537.

Key Words

chemoselectivity, concentrated hydrochloric acid, solvent-free reaction, thioacetalization, α-oxo ketene S,S-acetals, 1,3-dithianes, thioacetalization

ID: J66-Y2006-3790