I have 2‐cyclobutyl‐2‐isopropyl‐1,3‐dioxane (alcohol protection) and I have to react it with $\ce{H2}$ and Raney nickel, but I don't know what the product would be.


I have seen a similar reaction that uses sulfur atoms instead of the oxygens and at the end the entire protection is removed and leaves two $\ce{H}$ atoms in the end. I tried doing that, but my professor told me that I got it wrong. I'm thinking that there wouldn't be a reaction.

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    $\begingroup$ I don't think there will be any reaction $\endgroup$ – Waylander Apr 2 at 6:55
  • $\begingroup$ Raney nickel desulfurization applies to sulfur not oxygen deoxygenation. It is possible your professor is expecting reduction of the cyclobutane ring. $\endgroup$ – user55119 Apr 3 at 16:37
  • $\begingroup$ @user55119 that would have been my gut shot too $\endgroup$ – Beerhunter Apr 4 at 9:08

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