Selective multi-electron aggregation at a hypervalent iodine center by sequential disproportionation†
We demonstrate that sequential disproportionation reactions can enable selective aggregation of two- or four electron–holes at a hypervalent iodine center. Disproportionation of an anodically generated iodanyl radical affords an iodosylbenzene derivative. Subsequent iodosylbenzene disproportionation can be triggered to provide access to an iodoxybenzene. These results demonstrate multielectron oxidation at the one-electron potential by selective and sequential disproportionation chemistry.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Chemical Communications HOT Articles 2023