Activation and Desulfurization of Thiophene and Benzothiophene by Iron Carbonyls

Ann E. Ogilvy, M. Draganjac, Thomas B. Rauchfuss, Scott R. Wilson

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The synthesis, reactivity, and structure of thiaferroles Fe//2(R//2C//4H//2S)(CO)//6 and benzothiaferroles Fe//2(C//8H//6S)(CO)//6(1) are surveyed. These compounds are prepared by the reaction of Fe//3(CO)//1//2 with thiophenes and benzothiophenes. The benzothiaferrole 1 undergoes oxidative demetalation to give the cyclic thioester thiocoumarin C//9H//6OS. Solutions of 1 are stable at 185 degree C under N//2; at 160 degree C, high pressures of CO convert 1 into Fe(CO)//5 and benzothiophene, i. e. reductive elimination. Solutions of 1 react with H//2 to give primarily ethylbenzene together with 2-ethylbenzenethiol and bis(2-ethylphenyl) sulfide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1171-1177
Number of pages7
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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