A metal and additive free process for the synthesis of benzyl chloride and α-chloro alkyl arenes is reported. The proposed methodology can be carried out by the use of sunlight. The yield and conversion of the obtained benzyl chlorides are very high.
Metal-Free Preparation of α-H-Chlorinated Alkylaromatic Hydrocarbons by Sunlight / Gaspa, Silvia; Valentoni, Antonio; Mulas, Gabriele; Porcheddu, Andrea; De Luca, Lidia. - In: CHEMISTRYSELECT. - ISSN 2365-6549. - 3:27(2018), pp. 7991-7995. [10.1002/slct.201801168]