I'm a beginner in organic chemistry and I wish to produce methyl 2,4,6-trimethylbenzenesulfonate.
My reactants are 2,4,6-trimethylbenzenesulfonyl chloride (solid crystals) and methanol (solvent as well as reactant). The product of this reaction should be methyl 2,4,6-trimethylbenzenesulfonate and HCl.
Now I've tried these many conditions: distilling the methanol, nitrogen inert atmosphere, slight heating about 40 °C, room temperature, closed system.
After trying these conditions and their combinations I'm not getting the product in the desired amount.
Kindly help me out and suggest a few tweaks and optimizations if possible. As far as my knowledge goes the problem seems to be with methoxy group.
This is the entire synthesis process, please check it out. I am stuck on step two of this synthesis.