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    The facile production of ArCF2 X and ArCX3 from ArCF3 using catalytic iron(III)halides is reported, which constitutes the first iron-catalyzed halogen exchange for non-aromatic C-F bonds. Theoretical calculations suggest direct activation of C-F bonds by iron coordination. ArCX3 and ArCF2 X products of the reaction are synthetically valuable due to their diversification potential. In particular, chloro- and bromodifluoromethyl arenes (ArCF2 Cl, ArCF2 Br respectively) provide access to a myriad of difluoromethyl arene derivatives (ArCF2 R). To optimize for mono-halogen exchange, a statistical method called Design of Experiments was used. Optimized parameters were successfully applied to electron rich and electron deficient aromatic substrates, and to the late stage diversification of flufenoxuron, a commercial insecticide. These methods are highly practical, being run at convenient temperatures and using inexpensive common reagents. © 2021 Wiley-VCH GmbH.


    Andreas Dorian, Emily J Landgreen, Hayley R Petras, James J Shepherd, Florence J Williams. Iron-Catalyzed Halogen Exchange of Trifluoromethyl Arenes*. Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany). 2021 Jul 26;27(42):10839-10843

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    PMID: 34137084

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