An air-stable copper reagent for nucleophilic trifluoromethylthiolation of aryl halides

Zhiqiang Weng, Weiming He, Chaohuang Chen, Richmond Lee, Davin Tan, Zhiping Lai, Dedao Kong, Yaofeng Yuan, Kuo-Wei Huang

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A series of copper(I) trifluoromethyl thiolate complexes have been synthesized from the reaction of CuF2 with Me3SiCF 3 and S8 (see scheme; Cu red, F green, N blue, S yellow). These air-stable complexes serve as reagents for the efficient conversion of a wide range of aryl halides into the corresponding aryl trifluoromethyl thioethers in excellent yields. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1548-1552
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 12 2012

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: We thank Prof. John Hartwig for useful discussions. The financial support from National Natural Science Foundation of China (21072030) and Fuzhou University (022318) to Z.W. and KAUST to K.-W.H. are acknowledged.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Catalysis


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