Tungsten ligand-based sulfur-atom-transfer catalysts: synthesis, characterization, sustained anaerobic catalysis, and mode of aerial deactivation Academic Article uri icon


  • The synthesis, properties, X-ray structures, and catalytic sulfur-atom-transfer (SAT) reactions of W2(μ-S)(μ-S2)(dtc)2(dped)2 [1; dtc = S2CNR2-, where R = Me, Et, iBu, and Bn; dped = S2C2Ph22-] and W2(μ-S)2(dtc)2(dped)2 (2) are reported. These complexes represent the oxidized (1) and reduced (2) forms of anaerobic SAT catalysts operating through the bidirectional, ligand-based half-reaction (μ-S)(μ-S2) ↔ (μ-S)2 + S0. The catalysts are deactivated in air through the formation of catalytically inactive oxo complexes, (dtc)WO(μ-S)(μ-dped)W(dtc)(dped) (3), prompting us to recommend that group 6 SAT activity be assessed under strictly anaerobic conditions.

publication date

  • November 17, 2020