A range of substituted aryl epoxides undergo efficient ring-opening hydrofluorination upon treatment with 0.33 equiv of BF3-OEt 2 in CH2Cl2 at -20 -°C to give the corresponding syn-fluorohydrins, consistent with a mechanism involving a stereoselective SN1-type epoxide ring-opening process. The benzylic fluoride products of these reactions are valuable templates for further elaboration, as demonstrated by the preparation of a range of aryl-substituted β-fluoroamphetamines.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry