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Photo-induced Metal-Catalyst-Free Aromatic Finkelstein Reaction

Lu Li, Wenbo Liu, Huiying Zeng, Xiaoyue Mu, Gonzalo Cosa, Zetian Mi* and Chao-Jun Li*

*Department of Chemistry, McGill University, 801 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0B8, Canada, Email:,

L. Li, W. Liu, H. Zeng, X. Mu, G. Cosa, Z. Mi, C.-J. Li, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 8206-8218.

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b03220 (free Supporting Information)

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A photo-induced halogen exchange in aryl or vinyl halides enables the synthesis of a broad scope of aryl iodides at room temperature under exceptionally mild conditions without any metal or photo-redox catalysts. The presence of a catalytic amount of elemental iodine could promote the reaction significantly.

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Key Words

aryl iodides

ID: J48-Y2015