Sequential C-Selective Difluoromethylation/Pd-Catalyzed Decarboxylative Protonation: An Efficient Access to Tertiary Difluoromethylated Scaffolds

We report here a general method that allows a highly straightforward access to tertiary difluoromethylated compounds. The strategy relies on a two-step sequence featuring a C-selective electrophilic difluoromethylation and an unprecedented palladium-catalyzed decarboxylative protonation. Considering the generality of the method and the attractive properties offered by the difluoromethyl group, this approach provides a valuable tool for late-stage functionalization and drug development.