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The Resolution of Alcohols

  1. A. W. Ingersoll

Published Online: 15 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/0471264180.or002.09

Organic Reactions

Organic Reactions

How to Cite

Ingersoll, A. W. 2011. The Resolution of Alcohols. Organic Reactions. 2:9:376–414.

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  1. Vanderbilt University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2011


The resolution of nearly one hundred and fifty alcohols and phenols are recorded in the literature. Practically every known method of resolution has been applied to these classes of substances and several methods of considerable utility have been developed. This chapter gives a description and evaluation of results obtained to date. A brief statement of the underlying principles and the main steps of the procedure for all the important methods of resolution are included.


  • alcohols;
  • resolution crystallization;
  • fractionation;
  • differential interaction;
  • active agent;
  • diastereoisomeric derivatives;
  • salts;
  • acid esters;
  • experimental procedures