The applicability of thianthrene 5-oxide as a mechanistic probe for distinguishing between the electrophilic andthe nucleophilic character in oxygen-transfer processes from a series of Mo(V1) and W(V1) peroxo complexes has been investigated.In almost all the cases examined, the predominant formation of the corresponding sulfone has been observed. This wouldindicate a nucleophilic nature of the oxidants, which is, however, at odd with known chemistry of such species. In fact, competitiveexperiments performed by employing pchlorophenyl methyl sulfide and phenyl methyl sulfoxide together in equivalent amountsas substrates revealed the preferred oxidation of the former over the latter as expected for an electrophilic oxygen transfer.These apparently contrasting findings are interpreted in terms of an incursion of radical pathways in the oxidation reactionsof thianthrene 5-oxide by these peroxo complexes.

Application of the Thianthrene-5-Oxide Mechanistic Probe to Peroxometal Complexes

BALLISTRERI, Francesco Paolo;TOMASELLI, Gaetano;TOSCANO, Rosa Maria;
1991

Abstract

The applicability of thianthrene 5-oxide as a mechanistic probe for distinguishing between the electrophilic andthe nucleophilic character in oxygen-transfer processes from a series of Mo(V1) and W(V1) peroxo complexes has been investigated.In almost all the cases examined, the predominant formation of the corresponding sulfone has been observed. This wouldindicate a nucleophilic nature of the oxidants, which is, however, at odd with known chemistry of such species. In fact, competitiveexperiments performed by employing pchlorophenyl methyl sulfide and phenyl methyl sulfoxide together in equivalent amountsas substrates revealed the preferred oxidation of the former over the latter as expected for an electrophilic oxygen transfer.These apparently contrasting findings are interpreted in terms of an incursion of radical pathways in the oxidation reactionsof thianthrene 5-oxide by these peroxo complexes.
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