Phenylmethyldifluorosilane reacts with aldehydes in the presence of a fluoride salt and a catalytic amount of a cationic rhodium complex, [Rh(cod)-(CH3CN)2]BF4, affording the corresponding phenylated alcohols in good yield. The reaction mechanism involves the transmetalation between a fluorine-coordinated silicate and a rhodium complex to generate a phenylrhodium species.
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