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Keywords:

  • butadiene;
  • ethers;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • hydroalkoxylation;
  • nickel
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The nickel-catalysed hydroalkoxylation of butadiene is promoted by a nickel(0)/dppb catalyst (dppb=1,4-bis(diphenylphosphino)butane; see scheme). By following this new synthetic procedure, alkylbutenyl ethers are readily obtained from an alcohol and 1,3-butadiene with exclusion of dimerisation and telomerisation products.