Thiol-Promoted Selective Addition of Ketones to Aldehydes

Regev Parnes, Chemistry, BGU, Beer-Sheva, Israel

A simple and efficient thiol-mediated addition of ketones to aromatic and aliphatic aldehydes is reported. This thermodynamically controlled Pummerer/aldol reaction, which can tolerate both moisture and protic functional groups, provides a direct entry to syn – β -thioketones in high chemo- and regioselectivity . Mechanistic studies revealed that selective transformation of the aldehyde to an electrophilic thionium ion species concurrent with the generation of a nucleophilic vinyl sulfide coupling partner from the ketone is imposing cross-coupling over dimerization.

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