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A New Approach towards the Asymmetric Fluorination of Alkenes Using Anionic Phase-Transfer Catalysts

  • April 29, 2012

Chiral anions can do it: Asymmetric phase‐transfer catalysis is no longer limited to cationic catalysts. Lipophilic BINOL phosphate anions are superior catalysts for the asymmetric electrophilic fluorination of alkenes under phase‐transfer conditions (see picture). Now complex fluorinated compounds can be synthesized selectively from simple alkene starting materials.

 

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