Visible-light promoted aerobic difunctionalization of alkenes with sulfonyl hydrazides for the synthesis of β-keto/hydroxyl sulfones†
A practical method has been developed for the conversion of alkenes to β-keto/hydroxyl sulfones by their reaction with sulfonyl hydrazides under metal-free conditions. This reaction proceeds through the oxidative addition of alkenes by sulfonyl radicals that are generated by visible-light induced oxidation of sulfonyl hydrazides. Notaly the reaction uses O2 as the terminal oxidant, instead of metal catalysts or oxidants like TBHP, leading to H2O and N2 as the clean by-products. The key features of this reaction include readily available reagents, mild reaction conditions and broad substrate scope.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Synthetic methodology in OBC