Mechanism of a Redox Coupling of Seleninic Acid with Thiol

2016-02-21T15:20:55Z (GMT) by Mohannad Abdo Spencer Knapp
Equimolar quantities of 2-ethoxyethaneseleninic acid and p-thiocresol react rapidly in dichloromethane solution to give the selenosulfide along with disulfide, diselenide, and two products oxidized at sulfur, the thiosulfonate and the selenosulfonate. The latter two are new for this sort of coupling; their formation may be the result of an early thioseleninate to selenosulfinate isomerization. A radical chain mechanism is proposed to account for all five products, as well as their relative amounts.