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Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English)

Manganese-catalyzed oxidative benzylic C-H fluorination by fluoride ions.


PMID 23616443

Abstract

An efficient protocol for the selective fluorination of benzylic C-H bonds is described. The process is catalyzed by manganese salen complexes and uses nucleophilic fluorine sources, such as triethylamine trihydrofluoride and KF. Reaction rates are sufficiently high (30 min) to allow adoption for the incorporation of (18)F fluoride sources for PET imaging applications.