Synlett 2004(14): 2642-2643  
DOI: 10.1055/s-2004-834833
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Molecular Iodine

Shun-Yi Wang*
College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Suzhou University, Suzhou 215006, P. R. China
Fax: +86(512)65224783; e-Mail: wangshunyi@chem.suda.edu.cn; e-Mail: wangshunyi2002@163.com;
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Publication History

Publication Date:
20 October 2004 (online)

Introduction

The use of molecular iodine in organic synthesis has been known for a long time, such as in the Grignard reaction. In recent years, molecular iodine has received considerable attention as an inexpensive, non-toxic, readily available catalyst for various organic transformations under very mild and convenient conditions to afford the corresponding products in excellent yields with high selectivity. This is because of the mild Lewis acidity of iodine.

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