The preparation of fluorine-18 labeled o-fluorophenols at high specific activity is challenging and requires use of [18F]fluoride ion as the radioisotope source. As a novel, alternative approach, we found that treatment of α-diazocyclohexenones with Selectfluor and Et3N·3HF followed by HF elimination and tautomerization afforded o-fluorophenols regioselectively and rapidly. To adapt this chemistry to 18F radiolabeling, using bromine electrophiles in place of Selectfluor gave the o-fluorophenol via an α-bromo-α-fluoroketone intermediate in lower but still reasonable yields.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry