Publication date: December 2018
Source: Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, Volume 216
Author(s): Jean-Denys Hamel, Jean-François Paquin
The intramolecular hydroalkoxylation of gem-difluorinated alkynols was found possible under Au catalysis, allowing for the preparation of a series of fluorinated heterocycles. The nature of the solvent was found to be especially critical in the cyclization of gem-difluorohomopropargylic alcohols as it dictated whether the resulting 2,3-dihydrofuran underwent subsequent aromatization to the corresponding furan or not.