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Preparation of aryl halides

  1. From diazonium salts
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  2. By halogenation of arenes or substituted arenes
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    where X2 = Cl2 or Br2; Lewis acid = FeCl3, AlCl3, etc.

Chemical properties

Nucleophilic aromatic substitution
  1. SNAr mechanism: Consider the following reaction:
    Ar – X + ZAr – Z + X
    For facile reaction, Ar must contain strongly electron-withdrawing groups at ortho and/or para position to the halogen atom. The reaction involves the formation of carbanion as an intermediaten
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    Reaction proceeds through carbanion formation as intermediate. The rate of the reaction increases with the increase in the number of electron-withdrawing groups at ortho and para positions, since the cabanion formed would be readily stabilized.
    Step 1:
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    Step 2:
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  2. Benzyne mechanism: Unactivated and deactivated aryl halides undergo nucleophilic substitution by benzyne mechanism. In benzyne mechanism, the first step involves elimination, while the second step involves addition of nucleophile.
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    For example,
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