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Org. Synth. 2013, 90, 1-9
DOI: 10.15227/orgsyn.090.0001
Synthesis of Koser's Reagent and Derivatives
Submitted by Nazli Jalalian and Berit Olofsson1.
Checked by David Yeung, Stephen M. Shaw, and Margaret Faul.
1. Procedure

Caution! Reactions and subsequent operations involving peracids and peroxy compounds should be run behind a safety shield. For relatively fast reactions, the rate of addition of the peroxy compound should be slow enough so that it reacts rapidly and no significant unreacted excess is allowed to build up. The reaction mixture should be stirred efficiently while the peroxy compound is being added, and cooling should generally be provided since many reactions of peroxy compounds are exothermic. New or unfamiliar reactions, particularly those run at elevated temperatures, should be run first on a small scale. Reaction products should never be recovered from the final reaction mixture by distillation unless all residual active oxygen compounds (including unreacted peroxy compounds) have been destroyed. Decomposition of active oxygen compounds may be accomplished by the procedure described in Korach, M.; Nielsen, D. R.; Rideout, W. H. Org. Synth. 1962, 42, 50 (Org. Synth. 1973, Coll. Vol. 5, 414).

1-[Hydroxy(tosyloxy)iodo]-3-trifluoromethylbenzene (1). A 250-mL single-necked, round-bottomed flask equipped with a magnetic stirring bar (3.5 cm, egg-shaped) is charged with m-chloroperbenzoic acid (m-CPBA, 4.18 g, 17 mmol, 1.0 equiv) (Note 1) and 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol (TFE, 65 mL) (Note 2). The mixture is dissolved by sonication (Note 3) (approx. 20 min) and the concentration of mCPBA is determined by iodometric titration of the solution (Notes 4 and 5). 3-Iodobenzotrifluoride (2.45 mL, 1.71 g, 17.0 mmol, 1.0 equiv) (Note 6) and p-toluenesulfonic acid monohydrate (3.23 g, 17.0 mmol, 1.0 equiv) (Note 7) are added to the solution. The flask is loosely capped with a septum, and the reaction mixture is lowered into a 40 ºC preheated oil bath and stirred vigorously during 1 h (Notes 8 and 9). The solvent is then removed by distillation to recover the TFE (Note 10), or evaporated under reduced pressure if TFE recovery is not of interest (Notes 11 and 12). After concentration, diethyl ether (65 mL) (Note 13) is added to the residue and the mixture is allowed to stir for 30 min, resulting in trituration of the product as a white solid. The product is collected by suction filtration on a Büchner funnel, followed by washing with diethyl ether (65 mL). The product is vacuum-dried at room temperature (<1 mmHg, 22 ºC) to afford compound 1 as a white solid (7.66 g, 97%) (Notes 14 and 15).
2. Notes
1. m-CPBA (≤ 77%) was purchased from Sigma-Aldrich. Typical purity of samples received was 66-69% by weight.
2. TFE (≥99%) was purchased from Sigma-Aldrich and used as received. The reaction is run without precautions to avoid air or moisture.
3. The sonicator used to dissolve m-CPBA was an 85 W ultrasonic cleaner from VWR, model B2500A-DTH.
4. The concentration of active oxidizing agent is determined by iodometric titration.2 NaI (1.5 g) is dissolved in distilled water (50 mL). Chloroform (5 mL), glacial acetic acid (5 mL) and approximately 0.67 g of m-CPBA solution are added and the mixture is stirred vigorously. The solution is titrated with aq. Na2S2O3 (0.100 M) - the brown iodine color fades to yellow and then disappears. As a rough guide, 2 mL Na2S2O3 solution is required for 0.5 g of solution. The m-CPBA concentration is calculated using (mol m-CPBA = mol I2 = 0.5 mol S2O32-). Typical concentration of m-CPBA as determined by titration is approximately 3.0 wt%.
5. As an alternative to dissolving the m-CPBA in TFE via sonication for titration, the submitters reported the following procedure: To obtain a homogeneous powder, m-CPBA is dried under vacuum in a round-bottomed flask at room temperature until the flask is no longer cold. The time required depends on the amount of m-CPBA and the vacuum; 5 g requires approximately 1.5 h at 10 mmHg. The dried m-CPBA was stored for prolonged time in a refrigerator. Caution should be exercised, however, as dried m-CPBA is shock sensitive. The reaction performs well without drying of the m-CPBA (86-92% yield), but the titration (see Note 4) of the heterogeneous m-CPBA becomes less reliable than when the dried or sonicated/dissolved material is used.
6. 3-Iodobenzotrifluoride (98%) was purchased from Sigma-Aldrich and used as received.
7. p-Toluenesulfonic acid monohydrate (≥98.5%) was purchased from Sigma-Aldrich and used as received.
8. The flask does not need to be sealed. A slightly yellow precipitate is observed after 5 min and the mixture may become difficult to stir as the reaction proceeds and thickens; if this occurs, more TFE may be added. Both 1 and m-CBA (the reduced form of m-CPBA, which is a by-product of the reaction and present in the starting m-CPBA) are poorly soluble in TFE. The disappearance of iodobenzotrifluoride can be followed by TLC using neat pentane (Rf = 0.83 using EMD TLC Silica Gel 60 F254) and visualized by UV.
9. Reactions performed at higher temperatures (60 or 80 ºC) provide lower yield due to partial decomposition of 1 (80 ºC for 1 h gave 76% yield). The reaction may also be performed at room temperature but requires extended reaction time (2 h reaction time gave 67% yield, 18 h gave 90% yield).
10. TFE is recovered using a short path distillation head and a 25 cm condenser under reduced pressure in a 40 ºC oil bath (bp = 28 ºC at 86 mmHg). The distillate is collected over ~90 min with the receiving flask immersed in an ice bath. Vacuum should be applied in a controlled manner to prevent foaming. Experiments using microscale distillation resulted in lower recovery of TFE. Higher distillation temperatures should be avoided due to partial decomposition of 1. The TFE can be recovered almost quantitatively (63 mL, 97%) and can be re-used without loss in yield.
11. The TFE can be removed by evaporation under reduced pressure using a rotary evaporator (25 °C, ~20 mmHg), if recovery of the solvent is not of interest.
12. Unreacted m-CPBA, e.g. from charging excess m-CPBA, may pose a risk of explosion during evaporation of TFE since dry m-CPBA is shock sensitive. It is important that the concentration be carried out using an oil bath or water bath, not a heating mantle, to avoid heating the concentrated solids above 40 °C. Due to the insolubility of 1 in TFE, the isolation is straightforward even if residual TFE remains. Direct filtration of the solid material from the crude reaction, without concentration, gave 1 in 77% yield after washing with diethyl ether (65 mL). Another 18% yield of 1 was obtained by concentration of the filtrate followed by precipitation with diethyl ether.
13. Diethyl ether (≥99.0%) was purchased from Sigma-Aldrich and used as supplied.
14. The reaction was also performed at 5.0 and 13.0 mmol scale to afford a comparable yield of 1 (2.16 g, 94% and 5.69 g, 95%, respectively).
15. The product is stable to air but somewhat light sensitive and is best stored in a refrigerator in the dark. Analytical data of 1: mp: 155-157 ºC (lit 156-157 ºC)3; 1H NMR pdf (400 MHz, DMSO-d6) δ: 2.29 (s, 3 H), 7.12 (d, J = 8.0 Hz, 2 H), 7.48 (d, J = 8.0 Hz, 2 H), 7.85 (t, J = 8.0 Hz, 1 H), 8.08 (d, J = 8.0 Hz, 1 H), 8.50 (d, J = 8.0 Hz, 1 H), 8.63 (s, 1 H), 9.98 (bs, 1 H); 13C NMR pdf (100 MHz, DMSO-d6) δ: 20.7; 123.1 (q, 1JF-C, J = 273.4 Hz), 123.8, 125.5, 128.6 (q, 3JF-C, J = 2.8 Hz), 130.5 (q, 3JF-C, J = 3.5 Hz), 130.8 (q, 2JF-C, J = 32.5 Hz), 131.9, 138.0, 138.6, 144.0; 19F NMR pdf (376 MHz, DMSO-d6)4 δ: -61.5; IR (ATR ν 686, 794, 1199, 1319, 3076 cm-1; HRMS (ESI): calcd for C7H5F3IO ([M-OTs]+): 288.9332; found 288.9330; Anal. Calcd. for C14H12F3IO4S (460.21): C 36.54; H 2.63. Found: C 36.4; H 2.6.
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3. Discussion
Hypervalent iodine(III) reagents are mainly used as mild oxidants in organic synthesis. [Hydroxy(tosyloxy)iodo]benzene (HTIB, Koser's reagent) is employed in α-oxidation of carbonyl compounds, oxidation of olefins, ring contractions and expansions, dearomatization of phenols and synthesis of iodonium salts (Scheme 1).5 The reactivity of the reagent can be varied by adding substituents on the aryl moiety, and compound 1 is more efficient than HTIB in α-oxidation of ketones.6
Scheme 1. Application areas of HTIBs.
Scheme 1. Application areas of HTIBs.
[Hydroxy(tosyloxy)iodo]arenes (HTIBs) are usually synthesized from other iodine(III) reagents, but Yamamoto and Togo recently reported an efficient one-pot reaction where iodoarenes were treated with m-CPBA in chloroform at room temperature to give HTIBs in high yields.3
The one-pot synthesis of HTIBs from iodoarenes reported herein utilizes TFE as solvent, which reduces reaction times considerably. In our original report, a large scope of electron-rich and electron-poor HTIBs has been demonstrated (Table 1), and the synthesis of electron-rich HTIBs can be performed directly from iodine and arenes (Table 2).7 The reaction then employed a 1:1 mixture of CH2Cl2 and TFE to cut the solvent costs. Large scale preparations are benefitted from the use of neat TFE with recovery of the solvent, which is also preferable from an environmental point of view.
Table 1. Synthesis of HTIBs from iodoarenes.
Table 1. Synthesis of HTIBs from iodoarenes.
Table 2. Synthesis of HTIBs from iodine and arenes.
Table 2. Synthesis of HTIBs from iodine and arenes.

References and Notes
  1. Department of Organic Chemistry, Arrhenius Laboratory, Stockholm University, SE-106 91 Stockholm Sweden. E-mail: berit@organ.su.se. The authors thank Prof. Hans Adolfsson for fruitful discussions. This work was financially supported by the Swedish Research Council and Wenner-Gren Foundations.
  2. (a) Vogel, A. I.; Furniss, B. S.; Hannaford, A. J.; Rogers, V.; Smith, P. W. G.; Tatchell, A. R., Vogel's Textbook of Practical Organic Chemistry (4th Ed) 1978, p. 308. (b) Org. Synth, Coll. Vol. 6, 1988, 276; Org. Synth. 1970, 50, 15.
  3. Yamamoto, Y.; Togo, H. Synlett 2005, 2486-2488.
  4. Fluorobenzene used as internal reference, see Fifolt, M. J.; Sojka, S. A.; Wolfe, R. A.; Hojnicki, D. S.; Bieron, J. F.; Dinan, F. J. J. Org. Chem. 1989, 54, 3019-3023.
  5. (a) Zhdankin, V. V.; Stang, P. J. Chem. Rev. 2008, 108, 5299-5358; (b) Merritt, E. A.; Olofsson, B. Synthesis 2011, 517-538; (c) Koser, G. F. Aldrichimica Acta 2001, 34, 89-102.
  6. Nabana, T.; Togo, H. J. Org. Chem. 2002, 67, 4362-4365.
  7. Merritt, E. A.; Carneiro, V. M. T.; Silva, L. F. J.; Olofsson, B. J. Org. Chem. 2010, 75, 7416-7419.

Chemical Abstracts Nomenclature (Collective Index Number);
(Registry Number)

1-[Hydroxy(tosyloxy)iodo]-3-trifluoromethylbenzene; (440365-98-0)

m-Chloroperbenzoic acid;
Peroxybenzoic acid, m-chloro-;
Benzenecarboperoxoic acid, 3-chloro-; (937-14-4)

Ethanol, 2,2,2-trifluoro-; (75-89-8)

Benzene, 1-iodo-3-(trifluoromethyl)-; (401-81-0)

p-Toluenesulfonic acid monohydrate;
Benzenesulfonic acid, 4-methyl-; (104-15-4)

Berit Olofsson was born in Sundsvall, Sweden, in 1972. She got her M.Sc. at Lund University in 1998, and finished her Ph.D. in asymmetric synthesis at KTH, Stockholm in 2002, supervised by Prof. P. Somfai. She then moved to Bristol University, UK for a post doc on methodology and natural product synthesis with Prof. V. K. Aggarwal. Returning to Sweden, she became assistant supervisor in the group of Prof. J.-E. Bäckvall at Stockholm University. In 2006 she was appointed to Assistant Professor, and got a permanent position as Associate Professor in 2010. Her research is focused on the synthesis and application of hypervalent iodine compounds as environmentally benign reagents in asymmetric synthesis.
Nazli Jalalian was born in 1982 in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Sweden at the age of four. She studied Chemistry at Stockholm University, where she also started her Ph.D. studies in 2007, under the supervision of Berit Olofsson. She has developed synthetic routes to diaryliodonium salts and applied the salts in arylation of phenols to diaryl ethers. She is currently working with further applications of the salts in organic synthesis.
David Yeung earned his B.Sc. in Biochemistry in 2000 and M.Sc. in Chemistry in 2004 from Concordia University, Montreal. He joined Amgen's Analytical Research and Development department later that year and, in 2012, moved to the Chemical Process Research and Development group.