Trifluoromethylation of Arylsilanes with [(phen)CuCF3]
A method for the trifluoromethylation of arylsilanes is reported. The reaction proceeds with [(phen)CuCF3] as the CF3 source under mild, oxidative conditions with high functional-group compatibility. This transformation complements prior trifluoromethylation of arenes in several ways. Most important, this method converts arylsilanes formed by the silylation of aryl C−H bonds to trifluoromethylarenes, thereby allowing the conversion of arenes to trifluoromethylarenes. The unique capabilities of the reported method are demonstrated by the conversion of a C−H bond into a C−CF3 bond in active pharmaceutical ingredients which do not undergo this overall transformation by alternative functionalization processes, including a combination of borylation and trifluoromethylation.
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