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Sulfoxide-mediated oxidative cross-coupling of phenols


A metal-free, oxidative coupling of phenols with various nucleophiles, including arenes, 1,3-diketones and other phenols, is reported. Cross-coupling is mediated by a sulfoxide which inverts the reactivity of the phenol partner. Crucially, the process shows high selectivity for cross-versus homo-coupling and allows efficient access to a variety of aromatic scaffolds including biaryls, benzofurans and, through an iterative procedure, aromatic oligomers.

Graphical abstract: Sulfoxide-mediated oxidative cross-coupling of phenols

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08 Nov 2019
09 Jan 2020
First published
15 Jan 2020
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Chem. Sci., 2020,11, 2001-2005

Sulfoxide-mediated oxidative cross-coupling of phenols

Z. He, G. J. P. Perry and D. J. Procter, Chem. Sci., 2020, 11, 2001 DOI: 10.1039/C9SC05668H

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