Questions tagged [organosulfur-compounds]

For questions about organosulfur compounds, i.e. organic compounds that contain sulfur. These include, but are not limited to, thioesters, thioureas, xanthates, thioacetals, sulfoxides, sulfones, sulfolanes, sulfonic acids, sulfinic acids, disulfides.

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Why are peroxides unstable but disulfide bridges considered stable? Why are esters stable but thiolesters are unstable?

I can not understand why a peroxide $\ce{R-O-O-R}$ is considered reactive and unstable. Going down one row on the periodic table, a disulfide bridge ($\ce{R-S-S-R}$) is apparently super stable and ...
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Why do tosylation and mesylation of alcohols follow different mechanisms?

Why do the tosylation and mesylation of an alcohol proceed via different mechanisms? More specifically, In tosylation, the lone pair of the alcohol attacks the sulfur in TsCl, but why does it not ...
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Why do thiols have such a propensity for bonding with mercury?

Historically, thiols $\ce{-SH}$ were known as "mercapto-" due to their strong propensity to bond with mercury. Certain drugs still carry this designation, though mercaptopurine has an $\ce{=S}$ group ...
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Difference between tendency of benzene and thiophene to undergo sulfonation

Why does thiophene possess a greater tendency to undergo sulphonation than benzene? I came across this reaction which employs the use of sulphuric acid to separate thiophene from commercially prepared ...
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Is methyl phenyl sulfoxide optically active? [duplicate]

I am concerned about the stereogenic centres. But in this compound there is no chiral centres present. Sulphur is $\mathrm{sp^2}$-hybridized, so it cannot be chiral anyway. But I can see there is no ...
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What should be the name of the given compound?

Following compound is named as (1) 6-Mercaptocyclohex-4-ene-1,3-diol (2) 1-Mercaptocyclohex-2-ene-4,6-diol (3) 1-Mercaptocyclohex-5-ene-2,4-diol (4) 4-Mercaptocyclohex-2-ene-1,5-diol ...