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Fe(salan)-Catalyzed Asymmetric Oxidation of Sulfides with Hydrogen Peroxide in Water

Hiromichi Egami and Tsutomu Katsuki*

*Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Graduate School, Kyushu University, Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8581, Japan, Email:

H. Egami, T. Katsuki, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 8940-8941.

DOI: 10.1021/ja071916+


A chiral Fe(salan) complex serves as an efficient catalyst for asymmetric oxidation of sulfides using hydrogen peroxide in water without surfactant. Not only alkyl aryl sulfides but also various methyl alkyl sulfides were oxidized to the corresponding sulfoxides with high enantioselectivities.

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Key Words

Sulfoxides, Hydrogen Peroxide, Green Chemistry

ID: J48-Y2007-2370