Synthesis of a 1,2,7,8-Tetraoxa-spiro[5.5]undecane



Synthesis of a new spiro organic peroxide is described. The peroxy bonds were incorporated into the substrate framework via an acid-catalyzed ketal exchange reaction using hydrogen peroxide as the source of peroxy linkage. The hydroperoxyl groups were then bonded at the OH ends via Hg(II)-induced electrophilic additions to the C-C double bonds, giving a novel sprio structure with one peroxy bond in each of the two six-membered rings. The ester functionalities in the side chains also make it possible to conduct further structural modifications.