C(sp3)–H sulfinylation of light hydrocarbons with sulfur dioxide via hydrogen atom transfer photocatalysis in flow

09 February 2024, Version 1
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Sulfur-containing scaffolds originating from small alkyl fragments play a crucial role in various pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and materials. Nonetheless, their synthesis using conventional methods presents significant challenges. In this study, we introduce a practical and efficient approach that harnesses hydrogen atom transfer photocatalysis to activate volatile alkanes, such as isobutane, butane, propane, ethane, and methane. Subsequently, these nucleophilic radicals react with SO2 to yield the corresponding sulfinates. These sulfinates then serve as versatile building blocks for the synthesis of diverse sulfur-containing organic compounds, including sulfones, sulfonamides, and sulfonate esters. Our use of flow technology offers a robust, safe and scalable platform for effectively activating these challenging gaseous alkanes, facilitating their transformation into valuable sulfinates.


Flow Chemistry
Light Alkane
Hydrogen Atom Transfer

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Supporting Information
Materials and Methods, Spectroscopical analysis, NMR


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