The Formation of Heterocyclic Compounds from Carbon Disulfide

R Alan Aitken, Neil James Wilson

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Carbon disulfide has been readily available since the earliest days of organic chemistry and has proved to be a versatile building block for construction of a wide variety of heterocyclic compounds. In this review we have aimed to present the most important examples of reactions in which a heterocycle is formed either from CS2 or from a readily formed adduct such as a xanthate, dithiocarbamate, trithiocarbonate or trialkylphosphine adduct. The material is ordered so that the heterocyclic products appear in order of: (i) increasing ring size, (ii) increasing number of heteroatoms and, (iii) decreasing priority of heteroatoms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-137
Number of pages57
JournalSulfur Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998


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