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Arene-Catalysed Reductive Cleavage of the Benzylic Carbon-Sulfur Bond: Generation of Benzylic Lithium Reagents.
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1  Departamento de Quimica Organica, Universidad de Alicante, E-03080 Alicante, Spain

Abstract: The reductive cleavage of benzylic carbon-sulfur bonds via an arene-catalysed lithiation process is described. The benzyllithium reagents generated were reacted with several electrophiles, mainly carbonyl compounds, affording the expected products in moderate to good yields.
Keywords: arene-catalysed lithiation, benzyllithium, carbon-sulfur bond cleavage