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Is formation of cyclic carbonate from trimethyl orthoformate and vicinal aromatic 1,2-diol possible?

Trimethyl orthoformate is at the wrong oxidation level to give a cyclic carbonate. You need phosgene or a dialkyl carbonate. The efficient preparation of catechol carbonate from catechol (benzene-1,2-...
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How is Magnesium Ethoxide appropriately prepared, stored and used to dry ethanol?

To dry absolute ethanol [not 95 -99.5%] magnesium ethoxide is generated in situ by adding a small amount of dry Mg turnings, the same quality used to make a Grignard reaction, to the ethanol in a ...
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