In the present study, the zinc-catalysed reduction of a variety of sulfoxides with silanes as reductant to the corresponding sulfide has been examined in detail. With the straightforward and commercially available zinc(II) triflate as pre-catalyst, excellent yields and chemoselectivities were feasible. After studying the reaction conditions and the scope and limitations several attempts were undertaken to shed light on the reaction mechanism.
Published in: Catalysis science & technology : a multidisciplinary journal focussing on all fundamental science and technological aspects of catalysis, 10.1039/c0cy00039f, Royal Society of Chemistry
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