An easy base-assisted synthesis of unsymmetrical carbonates from alcohols with dimethyl carbonate

Subodh Kumar, Suman L. Jain

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Abstract

A simple and convenient base-mediated synthesis of asymmetrical carbonates from alcohols with dimethyl carbonate is described. The reaction is remarkably influenced by the strength of the base employed and potassium t-butoxide was found to be best promoter for this reaction. Almost in all cases, the reaction is selective and afforded the corresponding unsymmetrical methyl carbonates in excellent yields (80-90 %). Graphical abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)791-795
Number of pages5
JournalMonatshefte fur Chemie
Volume145
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We are thankful to the Director, IIP for his kind permission to publish these results. SK acknowledges the CSIR, New Delhi for the award of his Research Fellowship.

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Base
  • Dimethyl carbonate
  • Organic carbonates
  • Transesterification

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