An unprecedented type of reaction for Cu-catalyzed trifluoromethylation of terminal alkenes is reported. This reaction represents a rare instance of catalytic trifluoromethylation through C(sp(3))-H activation. It also provides a mechanistically unique example of Cu-catalyzed allylic C-H activation/functionalization. Both experimental and theoretical analyses indicate that the trifluoromethylation may occur via a Heck-like four-membered-ring transition state.
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