An international team of scientists herein wish to report on a seminal EAS functionalization approach to unearth a mono-substituted benzene (1), tentatively named bromobenzene.
Scheme 1. Synthesis of bromobenzene
It is noteworthy that the depicted synthesis is strictly linear. According to preliminary results, the addition of a catalytic amount of Lewis acid is crucial in obtaining a decent yield. It is at this stage believed that the product may be further refined by the means of vacuum distillation.
This discovery marks a new era in C-H activation.