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Practical Electro-Oxidative Sulfonylation of Phenols with Sodium Arenesulfinates Generating Arylsulfonate Esters

Zhibin Tian, Qihang Gong, Tianzeng Huang, Long Liu and Tieqiao Chen*

*Hainan University, Haikou 570228, China, Email:

Z. Tian, Q. Gong, T. Huang, L. Liu, T. Chen, J. Org. Chem., 2021, 86, 15914-15926.

DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.1c00260


Electro-oxidation enables a practical and sustainable synthesis of arylsulfonate from stable and readily available phenols and sodium arenesulfinates as the starting materials. The reaction takes place under mild reaction conditions without additional oxidants. A wide range of arylsulfonate esters were produced in good to excellent yields.

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Key Words

sulfonates, electrochemistry

ID: J42-Y2021