Fluorine in organic molecule

The hyrophobic (water resistant ) and lipophylic (ability to dissolve in fat-like solvent) characteristic of -CF3 group are important to aid in transportation of therapeutic drug to the active site in the body. Moreover, drug’s stability properties is improved due to strong carbon-fluorine bond.“These factors are crucial for the development of therapeutic drugs and agrochemicals,” says Sodeoka  (Efficient and versatile chemistry (2012, Oct 05). Retrieved from http://www.rikenresearch.riken.jp/eng/research/7036.html)

Mikiko Sodeoka and her colleagues at the RIKEN Advanced Science Institute in Wako has successfuly develop an efficient  reaction to insert the -CF3 group into organic molecule through the formation of allylsilane, another functional group comprised of silicone, using copper catalyst.

Image taken from http://www.rikenresearch.riken.jp/eng/research/7036.html

Original research paper was published at Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51, 4577–4580 (2012) . Full article is available from NTU library (for NTU staffs and students) at :




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