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1,2-Ethanedithiol is an odorous, colorless liquid with the formula C2H4(SH)2. It is a common building block in organic synthesis and an excellent ligand for metal ions.
Applications in organic chemistry
Other 1,2- and 1,3-dithiols undergo this reaction to give related 1,3-dithiolanes and 1,3-dithianes (six-membered rings). Diols such as ethylene glycol undergo analogous reactions to 1,3-dioxalanes and 1,3-dioxanes. One distinguishing feature of the dithiolanes and dithianes derived from aldehydes is that the methyne group can be deprotonated and the resulting carbanion alkylated.
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