CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · SynOpen 2021; 05(01): 25-28
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1706019
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4-Cyano-3-oxotetrahydrothiophene (c-THT): An Ideal Acrylonitrile Anion Equivalent

a  Queen Mary University of London, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, London, E1 4NS, UK
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b  Centro de Investigación Lilly S.A., Avda. de la Industria 30, Alcobendas-Madrid 28108, Spain
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a  Queen Mary University of London, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, London, E1 4NS, UK
› Author Affiliations
Eli Lilly and Queen Mary University of London are gratefully acknowledged for financial support.


Dedicated to Professor K. C. Nicolaou on the occasion of his 74th birthday

Abstract

4-Cyano-3-oxotetrahydrothiophene (c-THT) has much more to offer than just a platform to various heterocyclic scaffolds. This solid, bench-stable and commercially available reagent can be readily transformed into thioglycolic acid and acrylonitrile upon simple addition of a hydroxide anion. This interesting feature enables its use as a particularly versatile acrylonitrile anion surrogate.



Publication History

Received: 06 January 2021

Accepted after revision: 20 January 2021

Publication Date:
01 February 2021 (online)

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