# Grignard reagent with sulfur dioxide

I have studied that the Grignard reagent $$\ce{RMgX}$$ reacts with $$\ce{CO2}$$ to form $$\ce{RCOOH}$$ after acid hydrolysis. But does the same apply for sulfur dioxide?

Grignard reagents are good bases and also good nucleophiles. So the alkyl anion will attack the electron deficient carbon atom in $$\ce{CO2}.$$

But in the case of $$\ce{SO2}$$ the following conditions aren't present. First of all, sulfur is more electronegative than carbon. Secondly, sulfur has a lone pair of electrons which the carbon lacks. So this should further discourage an attack by the Grignard's alkyl anion.

So, what actually will happen when Grignards are treated with $$\ce{SO2}?$$

• I'm pretty sure they will react. Oct 7 '19 at 14:40
• A Grignard reagent is basically (pun intended) a bull in a china shop. It will go after just about anything having a hint of Bronsted or Lewis acidity. Oct 7 '19 at 20:10

You get sulfinic acids $$\ce{RSO2H}.$$
This paper by Dowson et al. [1] states that Grignard plus $$\ce{SO2}$$ gives sulfinic acids and as a reference quotes an older article by Allen Jr. et al. [2] which states