• Markushyna, Y.; Teutloff, C.; Kurpil, B.; Cruz, D.; Lauermann, I.; Zhao, Y.; Antonietti, M.; Savateev, A.: Halogenation aromatic hydrocarbons by halide anion oxidation with poly(heptazine imide) photocatalyst. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 248 (2019), p. 211–217

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Halocarbons have tremendous significance for the chemical industry. Arylchlorides and arylbromides are typically prepared via Friedel-Crafts reaction, using oxidative halogenation or employing halogen transfer agents, such as N-chloro- and N-bromosuccineimide. Herein, we show that K-PHI, a photocatalyst of the carbon nitride family, can easily photooxidize halide anions (Cl−, Br−) in aqueous media to promote oxidative halogenation of electron rich aromatic compounds. The technique is convenient, safe and gives the haloaromatic products with excellent yields from non-harmful starting reagents in the most sustainable fashion. We show that a solution of NaCl, mimicking seawater, can be used as a reagent for photochlorination.