The Invention of Radical Reactions. 32. Radical Deoxygenations, Dehalogenations, and Deaminations with Dialkyl Phosphites and Hypophosphorous Acid as Hydrogen Sources

Derek H.R. Barton, Doook Jang, Joseph Cs Jaszberenyi

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Reagents, containing a P-H bond, such as dimethyl phosphite, diethyl phosphite, hypophosphorous acid and various salts of hypophosphorous acid are effective radical reducing agents for organic halides, thionoesters, and isocyanides affording high yields of the corresponding hydrocarbons. Reduction of tertiary phenyl selenides and tertiary nitro compounds are not efficient under these conditions. Olefination of 1,2-diols is also accomplished via the corresponding thiocarbonyl derivatives using hypophosphorous acid and triethylamine in the presence of a suitable “sacrificial olefin” in moderate to good yields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6838-6842
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 1993 Jan 1


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  • Organic Chemistry

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