Chemoselective Reactions of Functionalized Sulfonyl Halides

Chem Rec. 2023, e202300256

DOI: 10.1002/tcr.202300256

Liashuk O.; Andriashvili V.; Tolmachev A.; Grygorenko O.

Chemoselective transformations of functionalized sulfonyl fluorides and chlorides are surveyed comprehensively. It is shown that sulfonyl fluorides provide an excellent selectivity control in their reactions. Thus, numerous conditions are tolerated by the SO2F group – from amide and ester formation to directed ortho-lithiation and transition-metal-catalyzed cross-couplings. Meanwhile, sulfur (VI) fluoride exchange (SuFEx) is also compatible with numerous functional groups, thus confirming its title of “another click reaction”. On the contrary, with a few exceptions, most transformations of functionalized sulfonyl chlorides typically occur at the SO2Cl moiety.