Aerial oxidation of tetrahydrofuran to 2-hydroxotetrahydrofuran in the presence of a trimeric CuI complex [Cu3L3] (HL = tBuNHC(S)NHP(S)(OiPr)2) and trapping of the unstable product at recrystallization

Luckay R.C. ; Sheng X. ; Strasser C.E. ; Raubenheimer H.G. ; Safin D.A. ; Babashkina M.G. ; Klein A. (2010)


The reaction of the potassium salt of N-thiophosphorylated thiourea tBuNHC(S)NHP(S)(OiPr)2 (HL) with Cu(NO3)2 in aqueous EtOH leads to the trinuclear [Cu3(tBuNHC(S)NP(S)(OiPr) 2-S,S′)3] ([Cu3L3]) complex. It was established that [Cu3L3] provokes the aerobic oxidation of tetrahydrofuran to 2-hydroxotetrahydrofuran and traps the latter at crystallization. © The Royal Society of Chemistry and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

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