Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions of Cyclic Thiosulfinates Are Accelerated by Hyperconjugative Interactions

Strain energy has been shown to promote the nucleophilic substitution reactions of cyclic disulfides, the reactivities of cyclic thiosulfinate nucleophilic substitution is unexplored. We used density functional theory calculations [M06-2X/6-311++G(d,p)] to determine the activation and reaction free energies for the reactions of 3—10-membered cyclic thiosulfinates and cyclic disulfides with methyl thiolate.