New Isoxazole-Substituted Aryl Iodides: Metal-Free Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic Activity

Rimi, Bhawna Uttam, Viktor V. Zhdankin, Ravi Kumar

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A series of new isoxazole-substituted aryl iodides 1 a–1 d have been synthesized by DIB-mediated [3+2] cycloaddition reaction of 2-iodo-1,3-bis(prop-2-yn-1-yloxy) benzene (4) with corresponding benzaldehyde oximes 5 a–5 d. Structure of the synthesized aryl iodides 1 were characterized by IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR and HRMS. The structure of 1 a was also confirmed by single-crystal X-ray crystallography. Further, catalytic activity of iodoarenes 1 a–1 d was screened for the oxidation of hydroquinones and sulfides. On oxidation using aryl iodides 1 with m-CPBA as terminal oxidant, hydroquinones afforded benzoquinones while sulfides gave corresponding sulfoxides in good to excellent yields. Iodoarene 1 b showed the best catalytic activity for the oxidation of sulfides and hydroquinones. Moreover, iodoarene 1 b, was also utilized for α-oxytosylation of acetophenones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere202301191
JournalEuropean Journal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 5 2024
Externally publishedYes

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  • aryl iodide
  • hydroquinone
  • oxidation
  • oxytosylation
  • sulfides


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