-catalyzed arylfluorination of α-diazoketoesters for facile synthesis of α-aryl-α-fluoroketoesters

Fo Ning Ng, Chun Ming Chan, Jianbin Li, Mingzi Sun, Yin Suo Lu, Zhongyuan Zhou, Bolong Huang, Wing Yiu Yu

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Here we describe the Cp∗Rh(iii)-catalyzed cascade arylfluorination reactions of α-diazoketoesters with arylboronic acids and N-fluorobenzenesulfonimide for one-pot C(sp 3 )-C(aryl) and C(sp 3 )-F bond formation. The arylfluorination reaction can be accomplished with remarkable chemo- and regioselectivity. Our mechanistic investigation showed that the Rh-catalyzed arylfluorination of diazoacetates occurred by (1) transmetalation of arylboronic acids to form an arylrhodium(iii) complex, (2) coupling of diazomalonates with the arylrhodium(iii) complex to form carbene-rhodium, (3) migratory carbene insertion to form a diketonato-rhodium(iii) complex-probably via rearrangement of the putative σ-alkylrhodium(iii) complex, and (4) electrophilic fluorination of the diketonato-rhodium to form the α-aryl-α-fluoromalonates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1192-1201
Number of pages10
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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