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Ni/Ir-Catalyzed Photoredox Decarboxylative Coupling of S-Substituted Thiolactic Acids with Heteroaryl Bromides: Short Synthesis of Sulfoxaflor and Its SF5 Analog

Ni/Ir-Catalyzed Photoredox Decarboxylative Coupling of S-Substituted Thiolactic Acids with Heteroaryl Bromides: Short Synthesis of Sulfoxaflor and Its SF5 Analog
Oleksandr S. Kanishchev, William R. Dolbier
Metallaphotoredox cross-coupling reactions have recently emerged as a powerful tool for the construction of C(sp2)−C(sp3) bonds between alkyl chains and aromatic systems, including electron-deficient heteroaryls, which are known to be challenging coupling partners. In this article, we disclose the Ni/Ir-catalyzed photoredox decarboxylative coupling of readily available S-substituted thiolactic acids with electron-deficient heteroaryl bromides, which resulted in the formation of simple but otherwise not easily accessible heteroarenes with alkylsulfide side chains. To demonstrate a practical use of this coupling reaction, we have shown its efficiency in the one-step synthesis of a key intermediate in the synthesis of the recently marketed insecticide Sulfoxaflor, and for the short synthesis of SF5-Sulfoxaflor. Ni/Ir-catalyzed photoredox decarboxylative coupling between readily available S-substituted thiolactic acids and heteroaryl bromides opens a convenient pathway to simple but otherwise not easily accessible heteroarenes with alkylsulfide side chains. This coupling reaction allowed us to develop an efficient one-step synthesis of a key intermediate of the recently marketed insecticide Sulfoxaflor, as well as the short synthesis of SF5-Sulfoxaflor.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/chem.201701627

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