The Influence of Perfluorinated Substituents on the Nucleophilic Reactivities of Silyl Enol Ethers

Org. Lett., 2012, 14, 3990-3993 published on 25.07.2012

The fluorinated trimethylsilyl enol ethers 3ac were synthesized, and the kinetics of their reactions with the benzhydrylium ions 4 was studied by UV–vis spectroscopy in dichloromethane. Comparison with nonfluorinated analogues shows that replacement of CH3 by CF3 reduces the nucleophilic reactivity by 8 orders of magnitude, while the exchange of C6H5 by C6F5 retards the reactions by 4.5 orders of magnitude.  

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