A visible-light photocatalytic thiolation of aryl, heteroaryl and vinyl iodides†
The general catalytic synthesis of aryl and vinyl thioethers from readily available halides remains a challenge. Herein we report a unified method for the thiolation of aryl and vinyl iodides with dialkyl disulfides using visible light photoredox catalysis. A range of thioether products bearing diverse functional groups can be accessed in high yield and with excellent chemoselectivity. We demonstrate the versatility of this method through the expedient synthesis of a family of thioether-rich natural products. A detailed investigation of the photocatalytic mechanism is presented from both steady-state and time-resolved luminescent quenching as well as transient absorption spectroscopy experiments.
- This article is part of the themed collections: Synthetic methodology in OBC and Celebrating excellence in research: women of organic chemistry