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Polarization of Br2 molecule in vanadium oxide cluster cavity and new alkane bromination

Polarization of Br2 molecule in vanadium oxide cluster cavity and new alkane bromination

A hemispherical vanadium oxide cluster has a cavity that can accommodate a bromine molecule. It was found that a bromine molecule trapped in the cavity was polarized and that an alkane molecule like pentane, butane and propane could be brominated with the bromine molecule in the cavity with a selectivity differing from ordinary bromination. The present findings are expected to be useful for polarization of small molecules and design of highly functional catalysts.

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