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Synthesis of Substituted Thiophenes through Dehydration and Heterocyclization of Alkynols

Jian Li, Yang Liu, Zebin Chen, Jiaming Li, Xiaoliang Ji, Lu Chen, Yubing Huang, Qiang Liu* and Yibiao Li*

*School of Biotechnology and Health Sciences, Wuyi University, Jiangmen, Guangdong 529090, China, Email:,

J. Li, Y. Liu, Z. Chen, J. Li, j. Li, X. Ji, L. Chen, Y. Huang, Q. Liu, Y. Li, J. Org. Chem., 2022, 87, 3555-3566.

DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.1c03114

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A metal-free dehydration and sulfur cyclization of alkynols with elemental sulfur (S8) or EtOCS2K provides a variety of substituted thiophenes in good yields. The reaction is initiated by the base-free generation of a trisulfur radical anion (S3-) and its addition to alkynes.

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