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Communication | Regular issue | Vol 14, No. 7, 1980, pp.955-958
Published online, 1st January, 1970
DOI: 10.3987/R-1980-07-0955
Reaction of N,N’-Thionyldiimidazole with Thiols: A Sulfur Transfer Reaction

Masaru Ogata,* Hiroshi Matsumoto, and Sumio Shimizu

*Shionogi Research Laboratories, Shionogi & Co. Ltd., Fukushima-ku, Osaka 553-0002, Japan


Reaction of N,N’-thionyldiimidazole with thiols effects the formation of disulfides and trisulfides. These results are rationalized by assuming that the thiols react with N,N’-thionyldiimidazole to produce the disulfides and N,N’-thiobisimidazole which subsequently reacts with the starting thiols to give the trisulfides.