Efficient C(sp3alkyl)–SCF3 bond formations via copper-mediated trifluoromethylthiolation of alkyl halides†
A general and convenient copper-mediated trifluoromethylthiolation of primary and secondary alkyl halides was described. Variation of the solvent, additives and time allowed optimization of the reaction. A wide range of alkyl halides were explored to give a set of alkyl trifluoromethyl thioethers in moderate to excellent yields. A variety of functional groups, including ethers, thioether, esters, nitriles, amides, and ketal groups, were well tolerated in the electrophilic partner.