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2-Iodoxybenzoic acid

2-Iodoxybenzoic acid
Other names
1-hydroxy-1λ3,2-benziodoxol-3(1H)-one 1-oxide
ChemSpider  Y
Jmol-3D images Image
Molar mass 280.02 g/mol
Melting point 233 °C (decomposes)
R-phrases R22 R34 R44
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
 N  (: Y/N?)

IBX acid or 2-iodoxybenzoic acid is an shock sensitive, but it was later proposed that samples of IBX were shock sensitive due to the residual potassium bromate left from its preparation.[2][3] Commercial IBX is stabilized by carboxylic acids such as benzoic acid and isophthalic acid.


  • Reaction mechanism 1
  • Scope 2
    • Oxidative cleavage 2.1
    • α-Hydroxylations 2.2
    • Oxidation of β-hydroxyketones to β-diketones 2.3
  • References 3

Reaction mechanism

The hypervalent twisting mechanism during conversion of methanol to formaldehyde: a) ligand exchange reaction (activation energy 9.1 kcal/mol (38 kJ/mol), b) hypervalent twist 12.1 kcal/mol (51 kJ/mol), c) elimination 4.7 kcal/mol (20 kJ/mol)). There is steric repulsion between protons in red.

The reaction mechanism for an oxidation of an alcohol to an aldehyde according the so-called hypervalent twisting mechanism[4] involves a ligand exchange reaction replacing the hydroxyl group by the alcohol followed by a twist and an elimination reaction. The twist is a requirement because the iodine to oxygen double bond is oriented out of plane with the alkoxy group and the concerted elimination would not be able to take place. This twist reaction is a rearrangement in which the oxygen atom is moved into a proper plane for a 5 membered cyclic transition state in the elimination reaction and is calculated by Computational chemistry to be the rate-determining step in the oxidation. The twist mechanism also explains why oxidation is faster for larger alcohols than for small alcohols. The twist is driven forward by the steric hindrance that exists between the ortho hydrogen atom and the protons from the alkoxy group and larger alkoxy groups create larger steric repulsion. The same computation predicts a much faster reacting IBX derivative with a 100 fold reaction rate when this ortho hydrogen atom is replaced by a methyl group thus facilitating the twist until the elimination reaction takes prevalence as the rate determining step.

IBX exists as two isomerization accompanying oxidations.


IBX is also available as total synthesis of eicosanoid:[6]

IBX acid oxidation of alcohol to aldehyde key data: a) IBX, DMSO, THF, 4h, 94% chemical yield (Mohapatra, 2005)


In 2001, K. C. Nicolaou and co-workers published a series of papers in the Journal of the American Chemical Society demonstrating, among other transformations, the use of IBX to oxidize benzylic carbons to conjugated aromatic carbonyl compounds.

Oxidative cleavage

IBX is notable for oxidizing vicinal diols (or glycols) to diketones without cleavage of the carbon-carbon bond,[7] but oxidative cleavage of glycols to two aldehydes or ketones can occur when modified conditions are used (elevated temperatures or trifluoroacetic acid solvent).[8]

Oxidative cleavage of vicinal diols

The reaction mechanism for this glycol cleavage is based on initial formation of an adduct between 10-I-4 IBX and DMSO to an 12-I-5 intermediate 3 in which DMSO acts as a leaving group for incoming alcohol 4 to intermediate 5. One equivalent of water is split off forming 12-I-5 spirobicyclic periodinane 6 setting the stage for fragmentation to 7. With hydroxyl alpha protons present, oxidation to the acyloin competes. Trifluoroacetic acid is found to facilitate the overall reaction.

Oxidative cleavage of vicinal diols: mechanism


Kirsch and co-workers were able to hydroxylate keto compounds with IBX in α-position under mild conditions.[9] This method could be extended to β-keto esters.[10]

Oxidation of β-hydroxyketones to β-diketones

Bartlett and Beaudry discovered that IBX is a valuable reagent for the transformation of β-hydroxyketones to β-diketones. IBX provides yields superior to both the Swern and Dess-Martin oxidation protocols.[11]


  1. ^ Boeckman, R. K. Jr., Shao, P.; Mullins, J. J. (2000). )-one"H"Dess-Martin periodinane: 1,1,1-Triacetoxy-1,1-dihydro-1,2-benziodoxol-3(1 (PDF).  
  2. ^ a b Frigerio, M.; Santagostino, M.; Sputore, S. (1999). "A User-Friendly Entry to 2-Iodoxybenzoic Acid (IBX)".  
  3. ^ Dess, D. B.; Martin, J. C. (1991). "A Useful 12-I-5 Triacetoxyperiodinane (the Dess-Martin Periodinane) for the Selective Oxidation of Primary or Secondary Alcohols and a Variety of Related 12-I-5 Species".  
  4. ^ Su, J. T.; Goddard, W. A. III (2005). "Enhancing 2-Iodoxybenzoic Acid Reactivity by Exploiting a Hypervalent Twist".  
  5. ^ Gallen, M. J.; Goumont, R.; Clark, T.; Terrier, F.; Williams, C. M. (2006). "o-Iodoxybenzoic Acid (IBX): pKa and Proton-Affinity Analysis".  
  6. ^ Mohapatra, D. K.; Yellol, G. S. (2005). "Asymmetric Total Synthesis of Eicosanoid" (pdf).  
  7. ^ Frigerio, M.; Santagostino, M. (1994). "A Mild Oxidizing Reagent for Alcohols and 1,2-Diols: o-Iodoxybenzoic Acid (IBX) in DMSO".  
  8. ^ Moorthy, J. N.; Singhal, N.; Senapati, K. (2007). "Oxidative Cleavage of Vicinal Diols: IBX can do what Dess–Martin Periodinane (DMP) can". Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 5 (5): 767–771.  
  9. ^ Kirsch, S. F. (2005). "IBX-Mediated α-Hydroxylation of α-Alkynyl Carbonyl Systems. A Convenient Method for the Synthesis of Tertiary Alcohols". Journal of Organic Chemistry 70 (24): 10210–10212.  
  10. ^ Kirsch, S. F.; Duschek, A. (2009). "Novel Oxygenations with IBX". Chemistry – A European Journal 15 (41): 10713–10717.  
  11. ^ Bartlett, S.L.; Beaudry, C.M. (2011). "High Yielding Oxidation of β-Hydroxyketones to β-Diketones Using o-Iodoxybenzoic Acid". Journal of Organic Chemistry 76 (23): 9852–9855.  
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