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Synthesis of allyl iodides

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The use of a CeCl37H2O/NaI system in acetonitrile enables an exceedingly mild preparation of iodides from alcohols. The simplicity of this approach, the low cost of reagents, and the ease of use display the attractiveness of the present method for a wide variety of alcohols.
M. Di Deo, E. Marcantoni, E. Torregiani, G. Bartoli, M. C. Bellucci, M. Bosco, L. Sambri, J. Org. Chem., 2000, 65, 2830-2833.