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Marc Sutter, Dr. Wissam Dayoub, Dr. Estelle Métay, Dr. Yann Raoul and Prof. Marc Lemaire 1,2,3-Trimethoxypropane and Glycerol Ethers as Bio-Sourced Solvents from Glycerol. Synthesis by Solvent-Free Phase-Transfer Catalysis and Utilization as an Alternative Solvent in Chemical Transformations ChemCatChem 5

Article first published online: 24 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201300458

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Bio-sourced sorcery: 1,2,3-Trimethoxypropane (1,2,3-TMP) was prepared in one step from glycerol in good yield and selectivity by phase-transfer catalysis. No solvent or heating were required and the process was adapted to a series of glycerol monoethers to afford a family of polar aprotic, glycerol-based solvents. 1,2,3-TMP was evaluated as a solvent in transesterifications, organometallic, and carbon–carbon coupling reactions.

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