The field of heterogeneous photoredox catalysis has grown substantially and impacted organic synthesis because of the affordability and reusability of catalysts. This study reports radical trifluoromethylation with Cd–chalcogenide semiconductors. Cd semiconductors, particularly CdSe, are readily available, commercial, visible-light-responsive, heterogeneous photocatalysts. The potential of readily available Cd semiconductors, particularly CdSe, is confirmed by their increased photocatalytic activity toward trifluoromethylation with various substrates, such as (hetero)arenes and vinylic amides/acids, via addition, cyclization, and decarboxylation under visible light. The economic significance of this strategy is also highlighted through the scalable synthesis of biologically active molecules followed by catalyst reuse. Moreover, these catalysts are relatively inexpensive compared with transition metal-based homogeneous photocatalysts, presently used in organic synthesis.
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