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Switchable Synthesis of Aryl Sulfones and Sulfoxides through Solvent-Promoted Oxidation of Sulfides with O2/Air

Zhen Cheng, Pengchao Sun, Ailing Tang, Weiwei Jin* and Chenjiang Liu*

*Urumqi Key Laboratory of Green Catalysis and Synthesis Technology, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xinjiang University, Urumqi 830046, P.R. China, Email:,

Z. Cheng, P. Sun, A. Tang, W. Jin, C. Liu, Org. Lett., 2019, 21, 8925-8929.

DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.9b03192

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The chemoselectivity of sulfide oxidation was simply controlled by reaction temperature and the use of O2/air as the terminal oxidant and oxygen source to provide aryl sulfones and sulfoxides. This convenient system offers broad substrate scope and easy realization of gram-scale production.

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Key Words

sulfones, oxygen

ID: J54-Y2019