Rhodium-catalyzed cleavage reaction of aryl methyl ethers with thioesters

Mieko Arisawa, Yuri Nihei, Takaaki Suzuki, Masahiko Yamaguchi

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A rhodium complex catalyzed the reaction of aryl methyl ethers and thioesters giving the corresponding aryl esters and methyl sulfides. S-(p-Chlorophenyl) p-(dimethylamino)benzothioate was used for the reaction of methyl aryl ethers with electron-withdrawing groups, and an S-(p-tolyl) derivative was used for those with electron-donating groups. Polymethoxybenzenes were converted to the esters in a regioselective manner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)855-857
Number of pages3
JournalOrganic letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 3 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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