Using benzene and ethane as your only source of carbon in the final molecule, synthesize the following using any useful reagents. Reaction must form pure ortho compound.


I have to form the product shown in the picture with only the ortho position formed. I'm not sure how to do this other than with fractional distillation, but I doubt that's what my professor is expecting from me, so there must be another way I am not thinking of.

  • $\begingroup$ Post your suggestions for the route by which you'll make this product and it will be easier to suggest how to get only the product drawn. $\endgroup$
    – Waylander
    Apr 28, 2019 at 8:58
  • $\begingroup$ Is there any practical feasibility constraint? Any limit on number of steps? 'cause my shortest synthesis has at least ~15 steps with a lot of reagents. $\endgroup$ Apr 28, 2019 at 15:52


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