Palladium-Catalyzed Trifluoromethylation of (Hetero)Arenes with CF3Br

Kishore Natte, Rajenahally V. Jagadeesh, Lin He, Jabor Rabeah, Jianbin Chen, Christoph Taeschler, Stefan Ellinger, Florencio Zaragoza, Helfried Neumann, Angelika Brückner, Matthias Beller

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The CF3 group is an omnipresent motif found in many pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, catalysts, materials, and industrial chemicals. Despite well-established trifluoromethylation methodologies, the straightforward and selective introduction of such groups into (hetero)arenes using available and less expensive sources is still a major challenge. In this regard, the selective synthesis of various trifluoromethyl-substituted (hetero)arenes by palladium-catalyzed C-H functionalization is herein reported. This novel methodology proceeds under comparably mild reaction conditions with good regio- and chemoselectivity. As examples, trifluoromethylations of biologically important molecules, such as melatonin, theophylline, caffeine, and pentoxifylline, are showcased.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2782-2786
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Issue number8
StatePublished - 18 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • C-H activation
  • arenes
  • fluorine
  • palladium
  • radical chemistry


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