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Rhodium-Catalyzed Regio- and Stereoselective 1-Seleno-2-thiolation of 1-Alkynes

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posted on 14.11.2003, 00:00 by Mieko Arisawa, Yoshihiro Kozuki, Masahiko Yamaguchi
Rhodium complex RhH(PPh3)4 and 1,1‘-bis(diphenylphosphino)ferrocene catalyze the regio- and stereoselective additions of diaryl disulfides and diaryl diselenides to 1-alkynes giving (Z)-1-arylseleno-2-arylthio-1-alkenes. The catalyst promotes the addition reaction of dibutyl disulfide and dibutyl diselenide to 1-octyne with a similar selectivity giving (Z)-1-butylseleno-2-butylthio-1-octene but with a lower catalytic activity. The same product is obtained with a higher yield, when excess dibutyl disulfide is used against dibutyl diselenide in the presence of RhH(PPh3)4 and 1,4-diphenylphosphinobutane.