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Dr. Fabio Aricò, Prof. Pietro Tundo, Dr. Andrea Maranzana and Prof. Glauco Tonachini Synthesis of Five-Membered Cyclic Ethers by Reaction of 1,4-Diols with Dimethyl Carbonate ChemSusChem 5

Article first published online: 22 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201100755

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High-yielding green syntheses of distinctive and industrially relevant five-membered cyclic ethers are achieved by reaction of 1,4-diols with dimethyl carbonate in the presence of a base (see figure). The reaction mechanism is investigated in detail, and computational studies demonstrate that the cyclization reaction was entropically driven.

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