why does swartz reaction does not need any reagent ?

Asked by kpsingh769 | 2nd Jun, 2017, 11:05: AM

Expert Answer:

In Swarts’ reaction, heavy metal fluorides are used as reagents.

It is a reaction in which alkyl fluorides are formed when alkyl bromide or chloride reacts with metal fluorides.

In the reaction, higher alkyl halide(R-Cl) react with lower metal halide (AgF) to form lower alkyl halide(R-F).

If we don’t use heavy metal fluoride F ion cannot displace Cl/Br.

The reaction will not occur or it may form some other compound.

Answered by Vaibhav Chavan | 2nd Jun, 2017, 06:26: PM