Why do organic compounds undergo halogenation much more often than inorganic compounds?

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Feb 13, 2017

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Organic compounds are generally rather inert. It is hard to manipulate an alkane, and often the first step is to introduce a halide by radical halogenation. On the other hand, inorganic compounds TEND to be a bit more reactive, and offer a greater range of oxidation states, which chemistry may allow direct halogenation (without all that tedious mucking about with UV light).