Universität Bonn

12. September 2022

New Paper from AK Lu New Paper from AK Lu

Light-Driven Hydrodefluorination of Electron-Rich Aryl Fluorides by an Anionic Rhodium-Gallium Photoredox Catalyst

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2022, e202205575
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2022, e202205575 © Wiley
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An anionic Rh−Ga complex catalyzed the hydrodefluorination of challenging C−F bonds in electron-rich aryl fluorides and trifluoroarenes when irradiated with violet light in the presence of H 2 , a stoichiometric alkoxide base, and a crown-ether additive. Based on theoretical calculations, the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO), which is delocalized across both the Rh and Ga atoms, becomes singly occupied upon excitation, thereby poising the Rh−Ga complex for photoinduced single-electron transfer (SET). Stoichiometric and control reactions support that the C−F activation is mediated by the excited anionic Rh-Ga complex. After SET, the proposed neutral Rh(0) intermediate was detected by EPR spectroscopy, which matched the spectrum of an independently synthesized sample. Deuterium-labeling studies corroborate the generation of aryl radicals during catalysis and their subsequent hydrogen-atom abstraction from the THF solvent to generate the hydrodefluorinated arene products. Altogether, the combined experimental and theoretical data support an unconventional bimetallic excitation that achieves the activation of strong C−F bonds and uses H 2 and base as the terminal reductant.

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