Transannular Te-S interaction in a new tellurium heterocycle, 5H,7H-dibenzo[b,g][1,5]tellurathiocin

Yutaka Takaguchi, Hisashi Fujihara, Naomichi Furukawa

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A new heterocycle containing tellurium and sulfur atoms, 5H,7H-dibenzo[b,g][1,5]-tellurathiocin (1), has been synthesized. The chair and the boat forms of 1 can be characterized by 1H, 13C, and 125Te NMR spectroscopy. A transannular bond between the tellurium and sulfur atoms was found in the reaction product of 1 with concentrated H2SO4 by 1H, 13C, and 125Te NMR spectroscopy. Two-electron oxidation of 1 with 2 equiv of NOPF6 gave the tellurathia dication salt (3) (Te+-S+, 2PF6-), which acts as an oxidizing agent. The reaction of 12-oxo-5H,7H-dibenzo[b, g][1,5]tellurathiocin (8) with acetic anhydride afforded a 12,12-diacetoxy-substituted tellurane (16). Heating of a benzene solution of 16 gave a remote α-acetoxylated sulfide 18 and the parent 5H,7H-dibenzo[b, g][1,5]tellurathiocin (1). Reaction of tellurathiocin 1 with t-BuOCl gave exclusively its telluroxide 8. Tellurathiocin 1 was reacted with Br2 to give a 12,12-dibromo-substituted tellurane (25). Reaction of the tellurane 25 with aqueous NaOH gave the telluroxide 8 selectively, and variable-temperature 1H NMR studies revealed that the telluroxide 8 was fixed in boat form. The 125Te and 77Se NMR spectra of 12-oxo-5H,7H-dibenzo[b,g][1,5]telluraselenocin (28) show a strong transannular interaction between the tellurium and selenium atoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1913-1919
Number of pages7
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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