Justine Desroches

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A Friedel-Crafts benzylation of arenes with benzyl fluorides has been developed. The reaction produces 1,1-diaryl alkanes in good yield under mild conditions without the need for a transition metal or a strong Lewis acid. A mechanism involving activation of the C-F bond through hydrogen bonding is proposed. This mode of activation enables the selective(More)
The Friedel-Crafts benzylation of arenes using benzyl alcohols activated in situ with XtalFluor-E is described. A wide range of 1,1-diarylmethanes and 1,1,1-triarylmethanes were prepared under experimentally simple and mild conditions, without the need for a transition metal or a strong Lewis acid. Notably, the reactivity observed demonstrates the potential(More)
The halogenation of primary alcohols is presented. The use of a combination of tetraethylammonium halide and [Et(2)NSF(2)]BF(4) (XtalFluor-E) allows for chlorination and bromination reactions to proceed efficiently (up to 92% yield) with a wide range of alcohols. Iodination reactions are also possible albeit in lower yields.
From 4 antiplasmodial hit-molecules identified in 2-trichloromethylquinazoline series, we conducted a global Structure-Activity relationship (SAR) study involving 26 compounds and covering 5 molecular regions (I - V), aiming at defining the corresponding pharmacophore and identifying new bioactive derivatives. Thus, after studying the aniline moiety in(More)
The racemic and enantioselective metal-catalyzed addition of arylboronic acids to 4- and 3-(pentafluorosulfur)benzaldehydes is reported. The racemic synthesis was accomplished using a Pd-based system and a wide range of arylboronic acids could be used, resulting in yields of 42 to 98% of the corresponding SF5-containing diarylmethanols. A ruthenium-based(More)
A palladium-nanoparticle-catalyzed Tsuji-Trost reaction of 4,4,4-trifluorobut-2-en-1-yl acetate and ethyl(4,4,4-trifluorobut-2-en-1-yl)carbonate was accomplished with various nucleophiles including phenols, amines, and malonates. In the case of the phenols, isomerization of the double bond in the product (up to 20%) was observed as a side reaction. Further(More)
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