Copper nitrate–catalyzed α-bromination of aryl ketones with hydrobromic acid

<p>An efficient method for α-bromination of aryl ketones, using the combination of molecular oxygen and aqueous hydrobromic acid as a brominating agent in the presence of the copper nitrate, has been developed. This catalytic system, which uses cheap and readily available reactants, shows good atom economy with water as the only by-product.</p>