Electrosynthesis of 1,2-Dithiolane 1-Oxides from Substituted 1,3-Dithianes

Richard S. Glass, Amorn Petsom, George S. Wilson, Roberto Martinez, Eusebio Juaristi

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Controlled potential oxidation of a variety of 5-substituted 2-tert-butyl-1,3-dithianes in wet acetonitrile, using an undivided electrochemical cell, provide 4-substituted 1,2-dithiolane 1-oxides selectively and in good yields. Adsorption to the electrode surface of the platinum anode, rendering it passive in the electrolysis of these sulfur-containing compounds is a solvable problem. Although acid-sensitive O-trimethylsilyl ethers are cleaved under the reaction conditions, O-tert-butyldimethylsilyl ethers only suffer cleavage to a modest extent, and an ethylene ketal moiety suffers little, if any, cleavage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4337-4342
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number23
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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