Sulfoxide-directed metal-free cross-couplings in the expedient synthesis of benzothiophene-based components of materials

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  • External authors:
  • Andrew J. Eberhart
  • Harry Shrives
  • Yuntong Zhang
  • Amandine Carrër
  • Daniel J. Tate


A metal-free approach combining sulfoxide-directed metal-free C-H cross-couplings with tuneable electrophile-mediated heterocyclizations and carbocyclative dimerizations, allows expedient access to benzothiophene-based systems that are components of important materials or are proven organic materials in their own right. As benzothiophene-based materials are typically prepared using Pd-catalyzed cross-coupling processes, our approach allows potential issues of metal cost and supply, and metal-contamination of products, to be avoided.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1281-1285
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Science
Issue number2
Early online date9 Nov 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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