Catalysis Letters

, Volume 142, Issue 11, pp 1306–1311 | Cite as

Zinc-Catalyzed Deoxygenation of Sulfoxides to Sulfides Applying [B(Pin)]2 as Deoxygenation Reagents

  • Stephan EnthalerEmail author


In the present study, the zinc-catalyzed deoxygenation of aliphatic and aromatic sulfoxides in the presence of 4,4,4′,4′,5,5,5′,5′-octamethyl-2,2′-bi-1,3,2-dioxaborolane [B(Pin)]2 as reducing reagent to produce the corresponding sulfides has been investigated. After examination of various reaction parameters the abilities of catalytic amounts of Zn(OTf)2 has been proven in the deoxygenation of various sulfoxides. Especially, a high functional group tolerance was noticed for the Zn(OTf)2/B(Pin)2 system.

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Catalysis Zinc Deoxygenation Sulfoxide Sulfide 



Financial support from the Cluster of Excellence “Unifying Concepts in Catalysis” (funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and administered by the Technische Universität Berlin) is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Cluster of Excellence “Unifying Concepts in Catalysis”Technische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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