Questions tagged [halogenation]

For reactions involving the formation of a C-X bond.

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What is the rate-determining step in free radical halogenation?

Recently, we were learning about free radical halogenation in school. A set of notes given to us wrote that the rate-determining step is the propagation step. This seems to go against my understanding ...
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Will a Lewis acid catalyze the reaction of HBr with primary alcohols?

It is well-established that a Lewis acid catalyst (popularly $\ce{ZnCl2})$ is necessary to form an alkyl chloride when reacting $\ce{HCl}$ with a primary alcohol. This actually changes the mechanism: ...
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Does acetophenone show haloform reaction?

Although acetophenone is a methyl ketone, as it is aromatic, it is immiscible in H2O so the last step in the haloform reaction should not occur? I couldn't find any source regarding the haloform ...
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Pyridinium Tribromide and Acetic acid

When brominating trans-stilbene with pyridinium tribromide, acetic acid is required. What purpose does acetic acid serve in the reaction? Shouldn't the tribromide be sufficient?