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Hypervalent Sulfur

Our group has a long-standing interest in the chemistry of Sulfur (IV). The versatility of such reagents is a strong asset for the discovery of new reactivity and has resulted in several interesting observations.

(For an own review, see: Synthesis 2012, 175-183)

Key highlights include:


(a) the discovery of a novel Ylide Transfer process that relies on very simple reaction conditions and enables the preparation of sulfonium ylides in a single step

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed
. 2010, 49, 8979-8983


(b) the development of a arylation procedure that employs aryl sulfoxides as aryl donors; the connection between this process and the ylide transfer technology mentioned above is much closer that it may seem at first glance!


J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 8510-8513


J. Am. Chem. Soc
. 2013, 135 (19), 7312-7323


(c) the discovery that the sulfur ylides made accessible through ylide transfer are excellent starting materials for several interesting transformations, including an intriguing direct cyclopropanation reaction


Chem. Sci. 2013, 4 ,
1105 - 1110


Organic Synthesis
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