The Wilkinson complex RhCl(PPh3)3 catalyzes equilibrating alkylthio exchange reaction of thioesters with disulfides. The treatment of a thioester and a dialkyl disulfide in refluxing diethyl ketone in the presence of RhCl(PPh3)3 (2.5 mol %) for 1.5 h gave an alkylthio exchanged thioester. The reaction of S-methyl ester was conducted shifting the equilibrium by removing volatile dimethyl disulfide.
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