Unsymmetrical Heterocycle Cross-Couplings Enabled by Sulfur(IV) Reagents

Min Zhou, Jet Tsien, Tian Qin

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Whereas metal-mediated cross-couplings find broad applications in syntheses of medicines, agrochemicals, and natural products, these powerful transformations have limited utility for Lewis basic substrates (e.g., heteroarenes), wherein basic functionalities coordinate to the metal center, hindering product formation. In this context, we have developed a transition-metal-free cross-coupling reaction mediated by sulfur(IV). This method leverages the ability of simple alkyl sulfinyl(IV) chlorides to form bipyramidal sulfurane complexes to drive a pseudo 'reductive elimination' process from the hypervalent sulfur atom, thereby readily providing unsymmetrical biheteroarenes. 1 Introduction 2 Historical Sulfurane(IV)-Mediated Couplings 3 Unsymmetrical Heterocycle Cross-Couplings 4 Conclusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1962-1966
Number of pages5
Issue number20
StatePublished - Dec 17 2020


  • Grignard reagents
  • cross-coupling
  • sulfur coupling
  • sulfuranes
  • unsymmetrical biheteroarenes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry


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