Nature Chemistry | The Sceptical Chymist

Ambiguous bromine

At first sight bromine seems to be ‘just another halogen’, a helpful counter-anion or leaving group in SN2 or cross-coupling reactions. Of course this isn’t the whole story, as Matt Rattley — a chemistry student at the University of Oxford and the author of the winning essay on bromine for last year’s contest — points out in his article (subscription required). 

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