Herein, we describe a KO-t-Bu catalyzed thiolation of β-(hetero)arylethyl ethers through MeOH elimination to form (hetero)arylalkenes followed by anti-Markovnikov hydrothiolation to afford linear thioethers. The system works well with a variety of β-(hetero)arylethyl ethers, including electron-deficient, electron-neutral, electron-rich, and branched substrates and a range of aliphatic and aromatic thiols.
- Anti-Markovnikov hydrothiolation
- Brønsted base
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry