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Marc Sutter, Dr. Wissam Dayoub, Dr. Estelle Métay, Dr. Yann Raoul and Prof. Marc Lemaire Selective Synthesis of 1-O-Alkyl(poly)glycerol Ethers by Catalytic Reductive Alkylation of Carboxylic Acids with a Recyclable Catalytic System ChemSusChem 5

Article first published online: 23 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201200447

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Reductive alkylation, a new sensation: Reductive alkylation of (poly)glycerol is realized for the first time with bio-sourced and/or cheap carboxylic acids under mild conditions by using a recyclable catalytic system. The corresponding 1-O-alkyl(poly)glycerol monoethers are obtained in good yield and selectivity, and the catalysts can be recycled three times with no loss of activity, opening a new access to glycerol ethers on a large scale.

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