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Paper | Special issue | Vol 99, No. 2, 2019, pp.1196-1216
Published online, 20th February, 2019
DOI: 10.3987/COM-18-S(F)95
Construction of Pinpoint-Fluorinated Benzothiophene Frameworks Using Palladium-Catalyzed Cyclization of o-(Fluorovinyl)phenyl-Substituted Thiophenes

Kohei Fuchibe, Nobushige Tsuda, Kento Shigeno, and Junji Ichikawa*

*Division of Chemistry, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Ten-nodai, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 305-8571, Japan


o-(2,2-Difluorovinyl)phenyl- or o-(1,2,2-trifluorovinyl)phenyl-substituted thiophenes underwent palladium(II)-catalyzed Friedel–Crafts-type cyclization on the fluorovinyl moieties to construct regioselectively monofluorinated or difluorinated benzothiophene frameworks (pinpoint-fluorinated naphtho[b]thiophenes). The cyclization of less nucleophilic 2-substituted thiophenes was effectively promoted by the addition of a CuOTf complex. Cyclization was also conducted in a tandem process, which facilitated the rapid synthesis of higher-order pinpoint-fluorinated PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) bearing thiophene rings. Furthermore, cyclization was applied to the corresponding furan systems, which led to pinpoint-fluorinated naphtho[b]furans.