Methods for direct functionalization of C-H bonds mediated byN-oxyl radicals constitute a powerful tool in modern organic synthesis. While severalN-oxyl radicals have been developed to date, the lack of structural diversity for these species has hampered further progress in this field. Here we designed a novel class ofN-oxyl radicals based onN-hydroxybenzimidazole, and applied them to the direct C-H functionalization reactions. The flexibly modifiable features of these structures enabled facile tuning of their catalytic performance. Moreover, with these organoradicals, we have developed a metal-free approach for the synthesis of acyl fluoridesviadirect C-H fluorination of aldehydes under mild conditions.
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