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Elemental Halogen-Free Reversible Construction and Deconstruction of 1,2-Dihalides via Shuttle Catalysis

Project description

A halogen-free route to the reversible construction and deconstruction of dihalides

Polyhalogen compounds, carbon compounds that have more than one halogen atom, are commonly used in pharmaceutics and agriculture, and they also serve as promising building blocks in the chemical industry. Most halogenation reactions, however, involve the use of hazardous reagents such as dichlorine (Cl2) and diatomic bromine (Br2). This long-standing challenge can be addressed by shuttle catalysis. This powerful new strategy reversibly transfers a chemical moiety between two molecules to construct and deconstruct compounds without involving hazardous reagents. The EU-funded HaloCat project will employ shuttle catalysis to achieve reversible interconversion of 1,2-dihalides and alkenes without using Br2 or Cl2. Another goal will be to realise the enantioselective Br2 transfer between 1,2-dihalides and alkenes.

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Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 203 149,44