Chiral sulfur compounds studied by Raman optical activity: tert-butanesulfinamide and its precursor tert-butyl tert-butanethiosulfinate.
ABSTRACT Two chiral sulfur compounds, tert-butyl tert-butanethiosulfinate (1) and tert-butanesulfinamide (2), with inversion of configuration, have been studied by Raman optical activity (ROA) and electronic circular dichroism combined with density functional theory calculation. With the S-S linkage in 1, the couplings between the two tertiary carbon atoms often generate large ROA signals, whereas the tertiary carbon atom itself generally makes a large contribution to ROA signals in 2 for similar vibrational modes. The conformational dependence of ROA parameters provides probing conformation around the S-S bond from a new perspective. The simultaneous use of electronic circular dichroism and ROA is warranted to extract reliable conformational information. ROA provides a suitable candidate for the stereochemical study of chiral sulfur compounds, especially its capability of sensing the conformation around the S-S bond.