Regioselective synthesis of functional tellanes from tellurium tetrahalides and 1-octene
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Proceeding from TeCl4 and 1-octene a regioselective method was developed of the synthesis of trichloro(2-chlorooctyl)tellane. At adding methanol to this compound chlorine was easily replaced at room temperature by a methoxy group affording trichloro(2-methoxyoctyl)tellane. The reaction of TeBr4 with 1-octene in methanol resulted in tribromo(2-methoxyoctyl)tellane. A reduction of trichloro- and tribromo(2-methoxyoctyl)tellanes occurs the most selectively in the system NaBH4–water–THF giving 1,2-bis(2-methoxyoctyl)ditellane. The reactions are characterized by a high selectivity and quantitative yields of the products.
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