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Direct Reaction of Nitroarenes and Thiols via Photodriven Oxygen Atom Transfer for Access to Sulfonamides

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posted on 24.11.2022, 15:06 authored by Zhaowei Bao, Juan Zou, Chengli Mou, Zhichao Jin, Shi-Chao Ren, Yonggui Robin Chi
Sulfonamide is a common motif in medicines and agrochemicals. Typically, this class of functional groups is prepared by reacting amines with sulfonyl chlorides that are presynthesized from nitro compounds and thiols, respectively. Here, we report a novel strategy that directly couples nitro compounds and thiols to form sulfonamides atom- and redox-economically. Mechanistic studies suggest our reaction proceeds via direct photoexcitation of nitroarenes that eventually transfers the oxygen atoms from the nitro group to the thiol unit.