Organic Chemistry Portal



Efficient and Highly Selective Oxidation of Sulfides to Sulfoxides in the Presence of an Ionic Liquid Containing Hypervalent Iodine

Weixing Qian*, Lin Pei

*Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University (Campus Yuquan), Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310028, P. R. of China, Email:

W. Qian, L. Pei, Synlett, 2006, 709-712.

DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-933109


A mild, efficient and environmentally friendly oxidation of sulfides to sulfoxides with a recyclable ion-supported hypervalent iodine reagent tolerates hydroxyl, nitrile, methoxy, carbon-carbon double bonds, and ester functionalities. Aliphatic and aromatic sulfides are selectively oxidized to the corresponding sulfoxides at room temperature in excellent yields without over-oxidation.

see article for more examples

Clean and Highly Selective Oxidation of Alcohols in an Ionic Liquid by Using an Ion-Supported Hypervalent Iodine(III) Reagent

W. Qian, E. Jin, W. Bao, Y. Zhang, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2005, 44, 952-955.

Key Words

hypervalent iodine reagents, sulfides, sulfoxides, oxidation, ionic liquids

ID: J60-Y2006-4310