Synthesis 1989; 1989(7): 523-525
DOI: 10.1055/s-1989-27305
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3-Mercaptopropionic Acid: A New Tool in the Synthesis of Symmetrical Diaryl Sulfides from Unactivated Aryl Iodides as Substitute for Anhydrous Sodium Sulfide

József Rábai*
  • *Institute of Organic Chemistry, Eötvös University, P.O.B. 325, H-1445 Budapest, Hungary
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17 September 2002 (online)

A series of symmetrical diaryl sulfides has been prepared by the coppercatalyzed reaction of 3-mercaptopropionic acid with unactivated aryl iodides. The yields are comparable with those obtained using anhydrous sodium sulfide under optimized reaction conditions.