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Keywords:

  • benzylic thioethers;
  • bis(triflimide)- iron(III);
  • hydrothiolation;
  • iron catalysis;
  • Markovnikov addition;
  • styrenes

Abstract

The bis(triflimide)iron(III) salt catalyzes the hydrothiolation of styrenes in a Markovnikov fashion with good selectivities and high yields. After isolation, different benzylic thioethers are obtained. This iron(III) catalyst is unique in terms of regioselectivity and represents a sustainable and economic alternative to those processes based on stoichiometric reagents.