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2127-03-9 - 2,2'-Dipyridyl disulfide, 98% - 2,2'-Dithiodipyridine - A11118 - Alfa Aesar

A11118 2,2'-Dipyridyl disulfide, 98%

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5g 52.20
25g 177.00
100g 558.00
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2,2'-Dipyridyl disulfide, 98%


Chemical Properties

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Soluble in water, benzene, tetrahydrofuran, dichloromethane, acetonitrile and dimethyformamide.


2,2'-Dipyridyl disulfide is a useful reagent for determination of sulfhydryl groups, preparation of amino acid active esters and the thio esters of phosphoric acid. It acts as a peptide coupling reagent and as an oxidizing agent. It is also used for the activation of glycosides.


Incompatible with oxidizing agents and metals.

Literature References

In combination with triphenylphosphine, acts as a peptide coupling reagent (see Appendix 6) in which water is removed by a mechanism whereby the phosphine is oxidized to the phosphine oxide and the disulfide reduced to the thiol: J. Am. Chem. Soc., 90, 4490 (1968); 91, 1554 (1969); Bull. Chem. Soc. Jpn., 43, 1271 (1970).

The technique has also been widely applied for macrolactonization, via high-dilution cyclization of the 2-pyridine thioester: J. Am. Chem. Soc., 96, 5614 (1974); 97, 653, 654, 2287 (1975). The cyclization step can be catalyzed by silver ion: Helv. Chim. Acta, 57, 2661 (1974). See, e.g.: Org. Synth. Coll., 7, 470 (1990).

In combination with tri-n-butylphosphine has been used for the activation of glycosides, e.g. in the formation of disaccarides: J. Am. Chem. Soc., 103, 4221 (1981); Tetrahedron, 47, 6435 (1991).

Moosun, S.; Laulloo, S. J.; Bhowon, M. G. Metal complexes of diaryl and 2, 2'-dipyridyl disulfides. J. Sulphur Chem. 2012, 33 (6), 661-691.

Bhasin, K. K.; Kumar, R.; Mehta, S. K.; Raghavaiah, P.; Jacob, C.; Klapotke, T. M. Synthesis and characterization of 5, 5'-dibromo-2, 2'-dipyridyl disulfide and some of its derivatives: X-ray structure of 5, 5'-dibromo-2, 2'-dipyridyl disulfide and bis (5-bromopyridine-2-ylthio) methane. Inorg. Chim. Acta 2009, 362 (7), 2386-2390.

GHS Hazard and Precautionary Statements

Hazard Statements: H315-H319-H335

Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.

Precautionary Statements: P260-P201-P280g-P304+P340-P405-P501a

Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Obtain special instructions before use. Wear protective gloves. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.

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