Issue Date: February 15, 2010
Dimethyl carbonate is a “superior” methylating reagent in a high-yield synthesis of industrially important methyl ethers, according to a research team led by Derek J. Irvine and Martyn Poliakoff of the University of Nottingham, in England (Org. Process Res. Dev., DOI: 10.1021/op900307w). Ethers are traditionally made via the Williamson ether synthesis, which employs an alcohol and sodium hydroxide to form an alkoxide that subsequently couples with an alkyl halide. But that method requires . . .
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