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Abstract

Alkynyl sulfoxides are important building blocks with a unique reactivity in organic chemistry, but only a few reliable methods have been reported to synthesize them. A novel route to access alkynyl sulfoxides is reported herein by using ethynyl benziodoxolone (EBX) reagents to trap sulfenate anions generated in situ, via a retro-Michael reaction. The reaction takes place under metal-free and mild conditions. It is compatible with aryl, heteroaryl, and alkyl sulfoxides with up to 90% yield. This practical access to alkynyl sulfoxides is expected to facilitate the application of these useful building blocks in organic synthesis.

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