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Bis(pyridine)iodonium tetrafluoroborate is used as mild iodinating and oxidizing reagent. It is also useful for selective iodination of free phenolic groups in tyrosine residues during solid-phase synthesis.
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Powerful electrophilic iodinating agent; reagent of choice for selective iodinations, under mild conditions, of alkenes: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 27, 1715 (1985), acetylenes: J. Org. Chem., 55, 3104 (1990), and aromatic compounds: J. Org. Chem., 58, 2058 (1993); Tetrahedron Lett., 34, 3893 (1993).
Useful for selective iodination of free phenolic groups in tyrosine residues during solid-phase synthesis: Tetrahedron Lett., 39, 7393 (1998); 40, 7279 (1999). Photolysis of cycloalkanols in the presence of cesium carbonate affords ring-opened ω -iodocarbonyl compounds in good yield: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 40, 3389 (2001).
Photochemical oxidations with the reagent have been reported, e.g. cleavage of 1,2-diols to aldehydes, and oxidation of alcohols to aldehydes or ketones: Chem. Eur. J., 10, 4206 (2004).
For a brief review on uses of the reagent in synthesis, see: Synlett, 1679 (1999).
Hazard Statements: H315-H319-H335
Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P280g-P305+P351+P338
Wear protective gloves. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.