Volume 88 Issue 7 | p. 48 | Concentrates
Issue Date: February 15, 2010

Greener Methylations

Dimethyl carbonate is a top methylating reagent for a high-yield, supercritical CO2 synthesis of methyl ethers
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Green Chemistry
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: green chemistry, 2">supercritical CO2, continuous reaction, flow reactor

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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