Synthesis of 1-Chloro-2-(dichloromethyl)benzene without Chlorine

To a reflux apparatus, add 81 g of 2-chlorotoluene, 72 g of sulfuryl chloride and 0.7 g of dibenzoyl peroxide, with some stirring reflux for 3h and thereafter cool down to room temperature. Pour into a separatory funnel and wash with 2x100ml of cold water thereafter dry the organic layer with some anhydrous magnesium sulfate. Distil the crude product under vacuum.

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