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Mild and Diazo-Free Synthesis of Trifluoromethyl-Cyclopropanes Using Sulfonium Ylides.
The synthesis of several 1,1-disubstituted trifluoromethyl-cyclopropanes (TFCPs), known as tert-butyl bioisosteres, has been achieved from the reaction between trifluoromethylalkenes and unstabilized sulfonium ylides in yields of ≤97%. This method offers practical access to this cyclopropyl moiety of pharmacological interest, employing a commercially available reagent at low temperatures. The synthesis of cyclopropanes bearing other electron-withdrawing groups as well as trisubstituted TFCPs was also accomplished.