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Copper-Catalyzed Coupling Reactions of Cyclobutanone Oxime Esters with Sulfur Nucleophiles at Room Temperature

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posted on 30.11.2018, 00:00 by Mingchuang He, Zhaohua Yan, Fuyuan Zhu, Sen Lin
A copper-catalyzed iminyl radical-mediated C–C bond cleavage/cross-coupling tandem reaction of cyclobutanone oxime esters with aryl thiols in the presence of 1,8-diazabicyclo­[5.4.0]­undec-7-ene (DBU) at room temperature was developed, and aryl cyanopropyl sulfides were smoothly synthesized in 20–88% yields. By altering the copper reagent and the molar ratio of cyclobutanone oxime ester/aryl thiol/DBU, substitutional product N-arylthio cyclobutanone imines were selectively generated in 50–91% yields. Using this protocol, C–S bond and N–S bond formations using aryl thiols as sulfur sources were realized under very mild conditions without the use of photocatalysis and electrocatalysis techniques.