Successive photocyanation of highly chlorinated aromatic compounds

  title={Successive photocyanation of highly chlorinated aromatic compounds},
  author={Alexandre Konstantinov and Andrea N. Johnston and Nigel J. Bunce},
Successive photocyanation was found to be a general reaction when chlorinated aromatic compounds were photolyzed with sodium cyanide. The products were polycyanated hydroxychloro compounds with various degrees of chlorine replacement. Although the products from some substrates could be isolated, identified, and characterized, most reactions proceeded with low regioselectivity, which limits their synthetic potential. Quantum yields of substrate disappearance increased with the number of chlorine… CONTINUE READING