3-(Perfluoroalkyl)-1-propenes are obtained in excellent yields up to 100-g quantities by deiodination-dehydroxylation reactions of the easily accessible 2-iodo-3-(perfluoroalkyl)-propanols with red phosphorus and catalytic amounts of iodine or with an SnCl2/POCl3 reagent pair in pyridine (fluorous Cornforth reaction). Both methods afford fluorous propenes in high GC purity, the former one has high atom-economy and proceeds safely if the fluorous iodohydrin precursors are added in increments; for the solid ones using a 'hot-melt' dropping funnel. The title fluorous propenes are effectively isolated by co-distillation with pyridine.
- Fluorous distillation
- Liquid-liquid phase separation
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- Environmental Chemistry
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry