Here we report the direct conversion of strong, aliphatic C(sp3)-H bonds into the corresponding alkyl sulfinic acids via decatungstate photocatalysis. This transformation has been applied to a diverse range of C(sp3)-rich scaffolds, including natural products and approved pharmaceuticals, providing efficient access to complex sulfur-containing products. To demonstrate the broad potential of this methodology for the divergent synthesis of pharmaceutically relevant molecules, procedures for the diversification of the sulfinic acid products into a range of medicinally relevant functional groups have been developed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry