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A Highly Efficient Copper-Catalyzed Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Diaryl- and Aryl Alkyl Chalcogenides from Aryl Iodides and Diorganyl Disulfides and Diselenides

Barahman Movassagh*, Zhila Hosseinzadeh

*Department of Chemistry, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, P.O. Box 16315-1618, Tehran, Iran, Email:

B. Movassagh, Z. Hosseinzadeh, Synlett, 2016, 27, 777-781.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1561268

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The use of copper(Ι) iodide as a catalyst, 4′-(4-methoxyphenyl)-2,2′:6′,2′′-terpyridine as ligand, and KOH as the base enables an efficient and convenient protocol for the copper-catalyzed reaction of aryl iodides with diorganyl disulfides and diselenides. Various symmetrical and unsymmetrical diaryl- and aryl alkyl chalcogenides were synthesized with good functional group tolerance and chemoselectivity.

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Key Words

cross-coupling, sulfides, diaryl chalcogenides, copper-catalyzed reaction, aryl halides, dichalcogenides

ID: J60-Y2016