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[*] posted on 1-5-2021 at 11:33
Green fluorobenzene for nontoxic bisphenol A replacements

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The direct fluorination of benzene with CuF2 seems like a solution waiting for a problem:

So I was thinking -- what are the possible uses of fluorobenzene? It has two interesting properties: first, Ar-F undergoes SNAr faster than any other substituent, and second, it exclusively substitutes at para:

Anyway, this thought was on a shelf for a while. Then I learned that bisphenols with three phenyl linkers are much less estrogenic than bisphenols with only two phenyl linkers. This is why bisphenol A is hard to replace -- similarly structured bis(4-hydroxyphenyl) compounds are similarly estrogenic, and alkanols have different reactivity:
EDIT: See particularly "BPDB" from:

This finally leads to the diagram. The reaction of parachlorofluorobenzene with hydroquinone gives the desired triphenylene structure, and catalytic Cl->OH substitution gives tri-(p-phenylene)-glycol, or 1,4-bis-(4-hydroxyphenoxy)-benzene.

Previous preparations of this compound relied on boron tribromide to demethylate the dimethyl ether as produced by diarylation of hydroquinone with 4-bromoanisole. This was successfully applied to the synthesis of poly(etheretherether)ketone (PEEEK?):

I'm not sure about the hydrolysis. There are hundreds of papers on the catalytic hydrolysis of aryl halides, usually with sterically hindered catalysts to inhibit competing etherification. Some even avoid base altogether. I can't figure out what would be most practical for the substrate, although there is no shortage of papers that advertise "formation of ethers was not observed".

[Edited on 1-5-2021 by clearly_not_atara]

[Edited on 04-20-1969 by clearly_not_atara]
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