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Pd-Catalyzed α‑Arylation of Trimethylsilyl Enolates of α,α-Difluoroacetamides

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We report the arylation and heteroarylation of α,α-difluoro-α-(trimethylsilyl)acetamides with aryl and heteroaryl bromides catalyzed by an air- and moisture-stable palladacyclic complex containing P(t-Bu)2Cy as ligand. A broad range of electronically varied aryl and heteroaryl bromides underwent this transformation to afford α-aryl-α,α-difluoroacetamides in high yields. Due to the electrophilicity of the fluorinated amide, this palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reaction provides a versatile platform to generate a range of α,α-difluoro carbonyl compounds, such as α-aryl-α,α-difluoroketones, -acetaldehydes, -acetates, and acetic acids, and difluoroalkyl derivatives, such as 2-aryl-2,2-difluoroethanols and -ethylamines, under mild conditions.

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