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Sulfur: Organic Polysulfanes

  1. Ralf Steudel

Published Online: 15 SEP 2007

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia233.pub2

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

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Steudel, R. 2007. Sulfur: Organic Polysulfanes. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

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  1. Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2007


The chemistry of organic polysulfanes (or polysulfides) is thoroughly and critically reviewed. The synthesis of chain-like and cyclic polysulfanes with alkyl and aryl substituents as well as their analysis, molecular structures, reactions with nucleophiles, natural occurrence and potential applications are described.


  • polysulfides;
  • synthesis;
  • structures;
  • spectra;
  • application;
  • reactions