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Water-Promoted Highly Selective Anti-Markovnikov Addition of Thiols to Unactivated Alkenes

Brindaban C. Ranu*, Tanmay Mandal

*Department of Organic Chemistry, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700 032, India, Email:

B. C. Ranu, T. Mandal, Synlett, 2007, 925-928.

DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-973877


A highly selective anti-Markovnikov addition of thiols to unactivated alkenes in water at room temperature without any additive is a very simple and efficient method for the synthesis of linear thioethers.

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Key Words

water, anti-Markovnikov addition, thiols, thioethers, arylsulfides, unactivated alkenes

ID: J60-Y2007-0980