Synthesis 2014; 46(20): 2701-2710
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1379042
short review
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York

Rediscovering the Chemistry of Sulfur Dioxide: New Developments in Synthesis and Catalysis

Alex S. Deeming, Edward J. Emmett, Charlotte S. Richards-Taylor, Michael C. Willis*
  • Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, Chemistry Research Laboratory, Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TA, UK   Fax: +44(1865)285002   Email:
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Publication History

Received: 29 July 2014

Accepted: 08 August 2014

Publication Date:
11 September 2014 (eFirst)


The recent development of several sulfur dioxide surrogates has seen a renaissance in its chemistry, with a number of new synthetic methods being reported. This article reviews the reactions of sulfur dioxide and sulfur dioxide surrogates, with an emphasis on recent examples.

1 Introduction

2 Sulfur Dioxide Surrogates

3 Reactions with Organometallic Reagents

4 Pericyclic Reactions

5 Sulfur Dioxide Radical Chemistry

6 Transition-Metal-Catalysed Processes

7 Conclusions