Antonio Togni

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The electrophilic N-trifluoromethylation of MeCN with a hypervalent iodine reagent to form a nitrilium ion, that is rapidly trapped by an azole nucleophile, is thought to occur via reductive elimination (RE). A recent study showed that, depending on the solvent representation, the S(N)2 is favoured to a different extent over the RE. However, there is a(More)
The synthesis of 5-nitro-1-(trifluoromethyl)-3H-1λ(3),2-benziodaoxol-3-one (3), a hypervalent-iodine-based electrophilic trifluoromethylating reagent, is described. Whereas considerations based on cyclic voltammetry and X-ray structural properties would predict an inferior reactivity when compared to the non-nitrated derivative 2, (19)F NMR kinetic studies(More)
Trifluoromethylation of acetonitrile with 3,3-dimethyl-1-(trifluoromethyl)-1λ(3),2- benziodoxol is assumed to occur via reductive elimination (RE) of the electrophilic CF3-ligand and MeCN bound to the hypervalent iodine. Computations in gas phase showed that the reaction might also occur via an SN2 mechanism. There is a substantial solvent effect present(More)
Titanium-based Lewis acids catalyze the α-fluorination of β-ketoesters by electrophilic N-F-fluorinating reagents. Asymmetric catalysis with TADDOLato-titanium(IV) dichloride (TADDOL = α,α,α',α'-tetraaryl-(1,3-dioxolane-4,5-diyl)-dimethanol) Lewis acids produces enantiomerically enriched α-fluorinated β-ketoesters in up to 91% enantiomeric excess, with(More)
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