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Trimethylsulfoxonium iodide reacts with sodium hydride to prepare dimethyloxosulfonium methylide, which is used as a methylene-transfer reagent in synthetic chemistry. It is used to prepare ylide, which reacts with carbonyl compounds to get epoxides. Further, it reacts with alfa,beta-unsaturated esters to get cyclopropyl esters.
The ylide, generated with strong base, is a methylene transfer reagent.
For an example (conversion of cyclohexanone to the epoxide), see: Org. Synth. Coll., 5, 755 (1973). In contrast to Trimethylsulfonium iodide, A12639, reaction with ɑß-unsaturated ketones occurs by 1,4-addition to give cyclopropanes: J. Am. Chem. Soc., 87, 1353 (1965):
Efficient addition to enones has been effected with a highly basic system consisting of KOH in DMSO with a phase-transfer catalyst: Synth. Commun., 26, 1785 (1996).
Reaction with epoxides gives oxetanes, unlike the sulfonium ylide which gives allylic alcohols: J. Org. Chem., 48, 5133 (1983); Synthesis, 1140 (1987); cf Tetrahedron Lett., 35, 5449 (1994):
Similarly, N-arenesulfonylaziridines undergo ring expansion to azetidines with inversion at one carbon. Thus, cis-substituted aziridines give trans-azetidines and vice versa: Tetrahedron, 45, 1851 (1989):
Review of the chemistry of sulfonium ylides: Russ. Chem. Rev., 50, 481 (1981). Extensive review of the synthetic applications of dimethylsulfoxonium methylide: Tetrahedron, 43, 2609 (1987).
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