A mild dearomatization enabled ortho-selective replacement of an aromatic C-H bond with a hexafluoroacetylacetone (hfacac) substituent has been developed. This reaction is dependent on a hypervalent iodine generated phenoxonium intermediate, a critical choice of solvent, and reagent addition order. The fluorinated dihydrobenzofuran product can be transformed into dihydrobenzofuran and benzofuran products decorated with a 2-trifluoromethyl group. The 3-trifluoromethylacyl substituted benzofurans rapidly form hydrates, which can be reduced to the corresponding alcohols.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry