A simple enol acetal underwent rapid cleavage in acidic solution to generate a difluorinated enol, which was sufficiently long-lived to be characterized by 2D NMR in a protic solvent at ambient temperature. Density functional theory calculations on a model reaction suggest that there are significant differences in protonation transition state timing between the fluorinated and nonfluorinated enols.
- difluorinated enol
- 2D NMR
- fluorinated enol
- organic chemistry
- long-lived difluorinated enol