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Radical Reactions of Alkyl 2-Bromo-2,2-difluoroacetates with Vinyl Ethers: “Omitted” Examples and Application for the Synthesis of 3,3-Difluoro-GABA
- Kondratov, Ivan S., Bugera, Maksym Ya., Tolmachova, Nataliya
A., Posternak, Ganna G., Daniliuc, Constantin G., Haufe, Günter
- Journal of organic chemistry 2015 v.80 no.24 pp. 12258-12264
- acidification, alcohols, alkenes, benzene, ethers, fluorine, free radicals, organic chemistry
- Addition reactions of perfluoroalkyl radicals to ordinary or polyfluorinated alkenes have been frequently used to synthesize perfluoroalkylated organic compounds. Here ethyl/methyl 2-bromo-2,2-difluoroacetate, diethyl (bromodifluoromethyl)phosphonate, [(bromodifluoromethyl)sulfonyl]benzene, and ethyl 2-bromo-2-fluoroacetate were involved in Na₂S₂O₄-mediated radical additions to vinyl ethers in the presence of alcohols to give difluoro or monofluoroacetyl-substituted acetals or corresponding difluoromethylphosphonate- and (difluoromethylphenyl)sulfonyl-substituted alkyl acetals. This methodology has also been applied as a key step in the synthesis of hitherto unknown 3,3-difluoro-GABA, completing the series of isomeric difluoro GABAs. Comparison of the pKₐ values of 3-fluoro- and 3,3-difluoro-GABA with that of the fluorine free parent compound showed that introduction of each fluorine lead to acidification of both the amino and the carboxyl functions by approximately one unit.