Rapid microwave-assisted cleavage of methyl phenyl ethers: new method for synthesizing desmethyl precursors and for removing protecting groups


A new microwave-enhanced method for rapid demethylation of methyl phenyl ethers using neat methanesulfonic acid (CH3SO3H) is presented. Using a monomodal microwave cavity, cleavage of anisole (1), used as model compound, to phenol (2) was achieved with high conversions (ca 80%) in very short reaction times (10–20 s). The feasibility of cleaving one or both… (More)


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