Two-in-one: Me3SiCF2Br is an efficient difluorocarbene source and is compatible with both neutral and aqueous basic conditions. Bromide-ion-initiated [2+1] cycloaddition with alkenes/alkynes and hydroxide ion promoted α-addition with (thio)phenols, (thio)alcohols, sulfinates, heterocyclic amines, and H-phosphine oxides give the corresponding gem-difluorinated compounds with broad functional-group tolerance.
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