Sulfoxide elimination-oxidation to enones

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Sulfoxides next to electron-withdrawing groups are unstable on heating and so can decompose by an elimination process forming rather unstable phenylsulfenic acid (PhSOH).

Me is used in place of Ph in the animation for simplicity.

B. M. Trost, T. N. Salzmann and K. Hiroi, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1976, 98, 4887–4902.


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