# Wurtz reaction with two different alkyl halide

$$\ce{C5H11Cl + C4H9I + 2Na ->}$$ Is this possible in a Wurtz reaction? I want to add 2 different alkyl halides with two different halogens. I'm curious if two different types of halogen on the alkyl reactants is possible.

• This is going to be pretty messy. Each reagent will react not only with the other one, but also with itself. Apr 11 '17 at 14:48
• As a side note, I would also mention the Corey-House synthesis, a method to couple asymmetrical halides. We transform one of the alkyl halides into a lithium dialkyl cuprate (R2CuLi) and react it with the other alkyl halide (R'X). The result would be a alkane R-R'. Apr 12 '17 at 2:07
• There are going to be issues concerning separation as the products will have nearly same boiling points making fractional distillation difficult. Apr 12 '17 at 3:55