Acid-catalyzed electrophilic trifluoromethylation of nitriles in the presence of azoles leads to N-(trifluoromethyl)imine derivatives. The source of the trifluoromethyl group is a readily prepared and easy-to-handle hypervalent iodine(III) reagent (see scheme; HNTf2=bis(N-(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide). This Ritter-type reaction is astraightforward approach to N-(trifluoromethyl)imidoyl azoles, compounds otherwise very difficult to access.
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