Facile route to air and moisture stable β-difluoroboryl acrylamides
A method for the preparation of air stable difluoroboryl acrylamides is reported. In contrast to the ubiquitous organotrifluoroborate salts, difluoroboryl acrylamides are relatively nonpolar and are readily purified by silica gel chromatography. Difluoroboryl acrylamides serve as efficient substrates in cross-coupling reactions to afford the corresponding trisubstituted acrylamides in good to excellent yields. The utility of the difluoroboryl group in various chemical transformations is presented.