Homogeneous Desulfurization of Thiols and Sulfides by Yb[N(SiMe3)2]2.2 THF. Relevance to Heterogeneous and Biological Desulfurizations and the Synthesis of Lanthanide(II) Sulfides

Efi Gretz, William M. Vetter, Hilmar A. Stecher, Ayusman Sen

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Abstract

Yb[N(SiMe3)2]2·2THF was found to desulfurize thiols (RSH) and dibenzyl sulfide. With thiols, the extent of desulfurization was a function of the relative stability of the corresponding radical, R·. Radicals were also involved in the desulfurization of dibenzyl sulfide. A unified mechanism involving a series of one‐electron redox steps leading to the generation of organic radical intermediates has been proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-329
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Journal of Chemistry
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990

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  • Chemistry(all)

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