Selective C–O bond formation via a photocatalytic radical coupling strategy: access to perfluoroalkoxylated (ORF) arenes and heteroarenes† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c7sc01684k Click here for additional data file.

Abstract

Development of an efficient process that employs commercially available and cost effective reagents for the synthesis of perfluoroalkoxylated aromatic compounds (Ar–ORF) remains a daunting challenge in organic synthesis. Herein, we report the first catalytic protocol using readily available perfluoroalkyl iodides (RFI) and N-(hetero)aryl-N-hydroxylamides to access a wide range of perfluoroalkoxylated (hetero)arenes. Mild reaction conditions allow for selective O–RF bond formation over a broad substrate scope and are tolerant of a wide variety of functional groups. Mechanistic studies suggest the formation and recombination of persistent N-hydroxyl radicals and transient RF radicals under photocatalytic reaction conditions to generate N–ORF compounds that rearrange to afford the desired products.

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@inproceedings{Lee2017SelectiveCB, title={Selective C–O bond formation via a photocatalytic radical coupling strategy: access to perfluoroalkoxylated (ORF) arenes and heteroarenes† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c7sc01684k Click here for additional data file. }, author={Johnny W Lee and Dominique N Spiegowski and Ming-Yu Ngai}, year={2017} }