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Catalytic role of Lewis acids in ArIO-mediated oxidative fluorination reactions revealed by DFT calculations

Farshadfar, K, Abdolalian, P and Ariafard, A ORCID: 0000-0003-2383-6380 2020 , 'Catalytic role of Lewis acids in ArIO-mediated oxidative fluorination reactions revealed by DFT calculations' , European Journal of Organic Chemistry, vol. 2020, no. 15 , pp. 2251-2259 , doi:

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Density functional theory (DFT) at the SMD/M06‐2X/def2‐TZVP//SMD/M06‐2X/SDD,6‐31G(d) level was performed to interrogate the mechanistic details of two oxidative fluorination reactions mediated by hypervalent iodosoarenes (ArIO) in the presence of Lewis acid BF3: (i) formation of a 3‐fluoropyrrolidine from a homoallylic amine and (ii) formation of a fluorinated oxazoline from a benzamide. We found that in both cases, ArIO needs two Lewis acids to be sufficiently activated to mediate the oxidative reactions. When two Lewis acids bind to ArIO, its LUMO mainly centred on the iodine(III) atom becomes energetically more available, resulting in it interacting more strongly with the C–C π orbital of the organic substrate and thus the rate‐determining step of the reaction (an intramolecular nucleophilic attack) being accelerated. Finally, one of these Lewis acids serves as the catalyst and the other one supplies a fluorine atom to the organic substrate. A clear understanding of how ArIO reagents are activated in oxidation of organic substrates could be helpful in designing new oxidative reactions mediated by such hypervalent iodine compounds.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Farshadfar, K and Abdolalian, P and Ariafard, A
Keywords: hypervalent compounds, reaction mechanisms, density functional calculations, Lewis bases, oxidative fluorination
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Organic Chemistry
Publisher: Wiley-V C H Verlag Gmbh
ISSN: 1434-193X
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