Methods of halogenating a carbon containing compound having an sp3 C--H bond are provided. Methods of fluorinating a carbon containing compound comprising halogenation with Cl or Br followed by nucleophilic substitution with F are provided. Methods of direct oxidative C--H fluorination of a carbon containing compound having an sp3 C--H bond are provided. The halogenated products of the methods are provided.
 This invention was made with government support under Grants No. CHE-0616633 and CHE-1148597 awarded by the National Science Foundation and with support from the Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award No. DE-SC0001298. The government has certain rights in this invention.