C-F activation of fluorobenzene by silylium carboranes: evidence for incipient phenyl cation reactivity.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201003762
Si(mply) rips it apart: C-F activation of fluorobenzene has been achieved using the extremely strong silyl Lewis acids [Et3Si(X)]+ (X=PhF or Et3SiH) and [(2,6-dixylyl-C6H 3)SiMe2] + paired with the anion CHB 11Cl11-. They abstract fluoride from unactivated fluorobenzene to give arylated products, consistent with phenyl-cation-like reactivity (see scheme). © 2010 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.