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Joe C. T. Leung, Claire Chatalova-Sazepin, Julian G. West, Montserrat Rueda-Becerril, Prof. Jean-François Paquin and Prof. Glenn M. Sammis Photo-fluorodecarboxylation of 2-Aryloxy and 2-Aryl Carboxylic Acids Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51

Version of Record online: 28 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201206352

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Coming to light: The title reaction simply requires an aqueous alkaline solution of Selectfluor and light. The method is inexpensive and effective for a wide range of neutral and electron-poor 2-aryloxy and 2-aryl acetic acids to provide fluoromethyl ethers (see scheme) and benzyl fluorides, respectively. The mechanism most likely proceeds through an initial aryl excitation with a subsequent single-electron transfer.

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