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Chemoselective Oxidation of Sulfides to Sulfoxides with Urea-Hydrogen Peroxide Complex Catalysed by Diselenide

Philip C. Bulman Page*, Benjamin R. Buckley, Claire Elliott, Yohan Chan, Nicolas Dreyfus, Frank Marken

*School of Chemistry, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ, UK, Email:

P. C. B. Page, B. R. Buckley, C. Elliott, Y. Chan, N. Dreyfus, F. Marken, Synlett, 2016, 27, 80-82.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1378827


The use of urea-hydrogen peroxide as terminal oxidant in the presence of diphenyl diselenide as catalyst enables a highly selective catalytic oxidation of sulfides into the corresponding sulfoxides.

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Key Words

sulfoxidation, urea-hydrogen peroxide, diphenyl diselenide, oxidation, catalysis

ID: J60-Y2016