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Telomerization of ethylene with bromoform


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    We were the first to telomerize ethylene with bromoform, initiated either by benzoyl peroxide or by the systems: Fe(CO)5+DMF and Fe(CO)5+hexametapol.

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    In the studied reaction the CHBr3 reacts mainly at the C-Br bond to give the telomer homologs CHBr2(CH2CH2)Br (n = 1, 2).

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    As side products we isolated 1,1,1,3-tetrabromopropane and 1,3,3,5-tetrabromopentane, whose formation is apparently related to the partial reaction of the CHBr3 at the C-H bond.

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Translated from Izvestiya Akademii Nauk SSSR, Seriya Khimicheskaya, No. 3, pp. 635–637, March, 1979.

The authors are indebted to V. I. Dostovalova for taking and discussing the13C NMR spectra.

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Vasil'eva, T.T., Trapeznikova, G.A. & Nelyubin, B.V. Telomerization of ethylene with bromoform. Russ Chem Bull 28, 588–590 (1979).

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  • Ethylene
  • Peroxide
  • Benzoyl
  • Side Product
  • Benzoyl Peroxide