Chapter 20. Reduction of Sulphoxides and Sulphones

  1. Professor Saul Patai2,
  2. Zvi Rappoport2 and
  3. Charles Stirling3
  1. J. Stuart Grossert

Published Online: 3 JUL 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470034386.ch20

Sulphones and Sulphoxides (1988)

Sulphones and Sulphoxides (1988)

How to Cite

Grossert, J. S. (1988) Reduction of Sulphoxides and Sulphones, in Sulphones and Sulphoxides (1988) (eds S. Patai, Z. Rappoport and C. Stirling), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470034386.ch20

Editor Information

  1. 2

    The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

  2. 3

    University College, Bangor, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 4J3, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 JUL 2006
  2. Published Print: 30 APR 1988

Book Series:

  1. PATAI'S Chemistry of Functional Groups

Book Series Editors:

  1. Professor Saul Patai

Series Editor Information

  1. The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471915881

Online ISBN: 9780470034385



  • sulphoxide and sulphone reduction;
  • pentavalent phosphorous reagents;
  • Single-Electron-Transfer (SET) processes;
  • SET process reactions;
  • desulphonylation reactions;
  • desulphonylation reactions in acid media;
  • transition-metal-mediated desulphonations;
  • desulphonylation by elimination or substitution reactions;
  • reductions involving stannanes or silanes


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Reduction of Sulphoxides

  • Reduction of Sulphones

  • Acknowledgements

  • References