Return to Contents Chapter 11 : Arenes and Aromaticity Ch 11 contents

Reactions of the Benzylic position

Functional groups in a benzylic position are generally more reactive than the related isolated functional group.

These reactions are summarised in the following table:
Radical halogenation
radical halogenation of benzylic CH
oxidation of benzylic CH
Substitution nucleophilic substitution of benzylic systems
elimination of benzylic systems
Addition addition to alkenylbenzenes (styrenes)


previous page
next page
organic chemistry © Dr. Ian Hunt, Department of Chemistry University of Calgary