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Alcohols (R-OH), and alkyl halides, R-X (X = F, Cl, Br or I) are important functional groups as they are fundamental building blocks (starting materials, reagents) for the synthesis of more complex organic materials.

Alkyl halides can be prepared via substitution reactions:

Functional Groups Alcohols Alkyl halides Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions Radical Substitution Reactions Preparations of Alkyl Halides
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